Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Civil War Era Field Trip

In keeping with my promise I am throwing together a quick post from our field trip yesterday to Eversgerd Fort...

The trip was sponsored by our homeschool group.  There were probably around 50 of us there, give or take.  It was originally set up for last month but one of the two snowstorms that went through in March had it rescheduled.  This time the weather really cooperated with us, it was a gorgeous sunny day with temps in the 70s.  It was a bit cool when we started the tour at 10:00am but a few hours later we were all taking off our jackets and soaking up as much sun as we could.

 The fort was started in 1984 by a man who wanted to create a place where people could see what it would have been like to live in the Civil War time era.  The log cabins are original cabins from the past that were purchased or donated by the people who grew up and lived in them.  They would then take them apart, transport them to the fort and then reassemble the logs in the exact order to recreate the cabin.  Fascinating! I didn't take a picture of it, but the boards were marked so they knew how to reassemble them.

They also had a room full of miniature recreations of the local churches and buildings.  So you could see what the town looked like 100 plus years ago.  Our tour guide mentioned that the local school contained both boys and girls only up until 5th grade.  After that the boys and girls would go to separate schools.

The kids really liked the jail, which was an actual jail that had been used in a nearby town.

The Paddy Wagon!

Firstborn with a sharpening wheel
Game Boy in front of the Livery
This isn't the greatest shot of Game Boy and Toddler Boy but it shows some of the cabins in the background.
I was trying to get them to stand up but
it just wasn't working!
We roasted hot dogs and listened to music provided by the owners of the fort...

And at the end there was a lesson on how many men it actually took to fire a cannon.

Princess, Soccer Boy and friends on the wall
All in all, it was a good day.  There was so much to look at and see that it deserves a return trip.  I was parenting solo on this field trip so I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked.  A Civil War fort is a fun and somewhat dangerous place for a two year old who wants to walk everywhere!  Our family hasn't gone on many field trips this school year as in past years.  I'm not sure why that is, one of the benefits of homeschooling is being able to go and do hands on learning and there are tons of experiences to be had in the local area.  Now that the weather is much nicer and we're finishing up our curriculum I may try to work a few more things in before the end of this school year.

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