Monday, October 15, 2018

American Revolution Museum Field Trip

A few weeks ago I shared our field trip to Jamestown Settlement.  We bought the combo ticket to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and went later in the week.  The two museums have a similar layout, with an indoor exhibit hall and the outdoor living history areas.  The first time, we thought we'd 'beat the heat' and do the outdoor areas first, but we were so hot and tired, and the littles were then irritable, that we could hardly enjoy the indoor exhibits.  This time, we decided to do the indoor exhibits first, which meant we weren't hot and sticky and tired while walking through, and the kids were more interested in everything - which meant we were able to spend more time actually reading placards, looking at artifacts and paintings, and enjoying the cannon exhibit.  (Again, they requested no pictures indoors.)  I loved the cannon exhibit they had, and the paintings.

Outdoors, they had a Revolutionary War era encampment set up.



We learned that there would about six people per tent, but the higher your rank, the less people per tent.


Inside, you could see recreations of what the officer's tents would have looked like, with interesting props set up.


Some tents were set up for "work" rather than sleeping, and this was apparently the medical area.  She was talking about herbs and medicines.


 While this is what we saw inside . . .


Higher ranking officers had beds . . .




In the far corner, we met a gentleman who talked to us about the food and cooking.


They were able to examine food . . .


This area was for the women and kids who followed the men . . . .


. . . and offered laundry services!

There were a few games set up, and he played Shut the Box with the kids.


Then we walked over to an Upper Middle Class farm.  We actually started at the house, but I forgot to get a picture when we got there, but you can see the house, and the kitchen.


Inside the house, she talked to us about a typical family and their home life.  She mentioned that mom would probably teach them at home!  My kids gave me the side eye.  Dollies are of course interesting to 3 year olds!


Eleanor has been really interested in checkers lately, and loves to play!


Over in the kitchen, we learned more about typical meals, as well as how things were prepared and stored.


Around the farm, we saw the garden, some animals . . .


as well as the slave/servant quarters.


On the way out, we were told about how the kids had outdoor chores starting around his age.  He had to work for his food!


This was another fun historical field trip, if not ridiculously hot again!

There are so many other historical activities and learning opportunities around in Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg, but we couldn't do it all.  We enjoyed the activities we did, but the kids wanted to do more than "just" history.  We did walk around some of the historical towns to shop, and Emory insisted on a picture here, but this was the best husband could get . . .


It was also 90-95 most of the week, which meant it was too hot for the littles to enjoy a lot of the outdoor historical stuff.  So we spent plenty of time in the pools at the condo, one day at Virginia beach, and another evening at Yorktown Beach!  This helped the kids get out some energy and cool off!



Our last big field trip was to the Virginia Air and Space Museum!  I'll share more on that soon!





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