In New England, towns were built around "commons," or central town squares. Meetings, social gatherings and other events took place in the commons, providing a focus for the entire community. Most buildings were built out of wood, which was plentiful in the region. Because of the often brutal climate and the "Puritan" influence, clothes were usually simple and practical.
One of the most influential exports from New England was its people. Educators, merchants, financiers, and other trained individuals brought their skills to other regions of the country. In addition, as rural New England became overpopulated, many began leaving the farms and looking for opportunities elsewhere. Many headed to northern New York State; Maine, which was considered a wilderness at the time; and the West.