What choices faced an average Virginia farm family due to the war?

Farm families worked hard to keep themselves alive and healthy and to try to improve their lives from year to year. Many white families in Virginia actually did improve their lives by a modest amount during the years before the American Revolution. Although very few Virginia families became a great deal wealthier, these modest gains made many farmers content with their lifestyle. As the thirteen colonies began to move towards war with England, many small planters faced difficult decisions. Some would support the patriots’ cause; some, called loyalists, would remain loyal to the King. Others remained neutral, seeing as their only choice to continue the hard work required to make their farms successful and hope that the outcome of the war would not take away the things they had earned.