Viral YouTube Channel ‘Early American’ Features Couple Bringing American History to Life

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A young couple bring American history to life with a viral YouTube channel. It chronicles their journey as an 1800s couple living in a log cabin, and it has millions hooked on the story.

Inside their cabin, in the historic district of Sainte-Geneviève, MissouriJustine Dorn and Ron Rayfield show millions of people what life was like in the 19th century.

“I’ve always been a fan of history,” Rayfield said. “It’s like there’s another person as weird and fun as me.”

“We fell in love on camera. I met him about a week before he was in my first video,” Dorn said.

It was two years ago. Since then, they have uploaded over 100 videos to First American channel.

“I just get ideas about what my life is like today,” Dorn said.

Things like putting on makeup and get ready for the dayor doing laundry, which involves fetching water from the stream, washing and wringing clothes by hand, then drying them with a paddle.

“So the way we learn is from books, books and books,” Dorn said.

In some videos they celebrate holidays like Christmas, Halloweenthe Fourth of Julysame Valentine’s day.

Unsurprisingly, a lot of the videos deal with cooking, butter churning at make a cherry piesame comfort food like onion rings and mac and cheese.

The most popular videos on the couple’s channel are about cooking.

“Not only did they have it, it was extremely popular,” Dorn said.

7.8 million people saw the mac and cheese video.

“You know, I think people can relate to that,” Dorn said.

Millions of views and over 700,000 subscribers.

“We had subscribers from India, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, etc.,” Dorn said.

“I’m amazed at how many young fans the show has,” Rayfield said.

A young couple brings American history to life with a viral YouTube channel. It chronicles their journey as an 1800s couple living in a log cabin, and it has millions hooked on the story.

Dorn says that as long as people keep watching, “We’re definitely going to keep it that way.”

The couple say they are now able to make a living as 19th century content creators. In addition to actual videos, they also do a drama series set in the 1800s on their channel, based on real historical events.

“50% of the time we live like this. 50% of the time we don’t,” Dorn said. “We own cars. We have phones. We’re not that crazy.”

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