I recently had the chance to watch the first two episodes of Courage, New Hampshire, a historical drama series from Colony Bay Entertainment. The series takes place in the pre-revolutionary era in New Hampshire. This historical series is well worth watching if you are a fan of historical fiction. I've often wished that there was a revolutionary or colonial drama series on TV, and maybe one day this series will be! Currently it is only available online and on DVD.
This period drama series begins in the years leading up to the Revolutionary war, during the winter of 1770 (the same year that the Boston Massacre took place). The series is set in a small township in New Hampshire called Courage. Episode one, titled "The Travail of Sarah Pine" focuses on the story of Sarah Pine, the niece of a local resident, who finds herself pregnant with a British soldier's baby. The year before, the soldier, Sergeant Bob Wheedle, had spent time under house arrest in Sarah's uncle's barn. According to Sarah, Sergeant Wheedle had proposed marriage to her, but then deserted her. Sarah had a baby girl, and when Bob Wheedle returned to Courage, New Hampshire the next winter, he was promptly arrested and faced a "bastardly" trial. The first episode covers the trial and its effect on the local citizens.
I actually enjoyed episode two, titled "The Sons of Liberty" even more than the first one, and am looking forward to seeing the next episode (currently in production)! Episode 2 of Courage, New Hampshire continues the story of the people of Courage and surrounding areas. Royal Governor Wentworth tries to keep control of the area; a less than honorable pastor moves to Courage; there is a public hanging for a counterfeiter while a burglar receives a pardon; and the Sons of Liberty are secretly meeting as tensions rise in the pre-revolutionary period.
While not a big budget Hollywood production, these episodes are well produced and acted. The settings are beautiful and the history is accurate. I think that anybody who has a passion for American history and the founding of our great country will enjoy watching this series with their families. Home schooling parents will feel comfortable watching and discussing the series too! There is a "Teaching with Courage" package available from Colony Bay Productions that would be perfect for home school use.
You can watch trailers for both episodes below...
Colony Bay Productions generously provided three DVD's of each episode of Courage, New Hampshire, plus three "Music of The Courage Tavern" CD's for a giveaway on American History Fun Facts! Unfortunately, the giveaway is now over. But you can still buy all of the episodes and catch up with the series!
Disclosure: I received the DVD's that I am reviewing free of charge. However, I am posting an honest review of this product and have not been paid to endorse it.