I was lucky enough to chaperone another one of Henry's cool field trips on Friday. This time it was to Gunston Hall, which was a plantation owned by Virginia founding father George Mason. I almost didn't go because Olivia woke up with tummy pain, but Henry pulled out the sad clown face and Mitch called in sick to work so I could go. No one is immune to that face!
The field trip was really interesting. They had docents dressed in period clothing and the fourth graders got to spend part of the day working as slave children, and the other part as wealthy tobacco children. They also learned about tobacco and it's role in the south back in the day.
|The kids got to cook and eat Apples Charlotte over an open flame.|
|They learned how the laundry was done (and you'd better believe I came home and kissed my high efficiency washer and dryer),|
and they all had to carry heavy buckets of water the way slave children would have had to.
|The view from the back lawn. Not too shabby. This is where George Washington|
would arrive by boat to come visit.
|Learning to roll a hoop on the lawn of the main house.|