by Character Queen We went to Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest. The house is shaped like an octagon and most of the rooms and the outhouse are, too. The slaves emptied the outhouses every day. He used a cabin on the property as a getaway from the British when they attacked Monticello. The house has lots of bedrooms. … Continue reading Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
Since hitting the road eight months ago, we have visited the homes of former presidents in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and across Virginia. Today we visited our first Presidential Library. We took our bags of school work expecting to work in the library and then visit the little museum area when we finished. It turns out that … Continue reading George Bush (41) Presidential Library and Museum
(I wrote this on the long drive from PA to FL a week and a half ago, but forgot to come back later and put photos in! So this one is a bit delayed!) by The Momma I think I have fallen in love with central Pennsylvania, with its beautiful, expansive farms and stately silos … Continue reading Exploring Pennsylvania’s Past and Present
by Character Queen The other day we went to Berkeley Plantation! It was a blast! We got to find artifacts. They were in a field that had been plowed so the artifacts were on the top. Archaeologists do not dig at the plantation, so we got to keep them. I found pieces of china, … Continue reading Artifacts from Revolution to Civil War
by Mr. Bang I went to a place called Berkeley Plantation, and I found artifacts and I got to keep them! One of the Declaration of Independence signers, Benjamin Harrison V, lived in it. Two Presidents are in the same family. They lived in the house. The ninth President, William Henry Harrison was born there, … Continue reading Berkeley Plantation Discovery
by The Momma In the last six weeks or so, we have visited the homes of the first six presidents. So this amazing song has been stuck in our heads constantly. Take the time to click that link and watch it. Your life will be enriched. 🙂 Note: None of these historic homes allow photography … Continue reading “Do You Know Who Were the First Five Presidents?”
We had a big Junior Ranger week! Here you can see the stash Character Queen and Mr. Bang earned last week! Ford's Theatre Somehow, I've never made it to Ford's Theatre before! I expected that it would take about an hour - see the theater where Lincoln was shot, then cross the street to Peterson's house … Continue reading The Week of the Junior Ranger
We went to Appomattox Court House today to see where General Lee surrendered to General Grant, bringing an end to the devastating Civil War. As we approached, I took a photo of the kids in front of the famous courthouse where the big event took place. Then we went in the visitor's center (in … Continue reading Fun Fact: General Lee did not surrender in a courthouse!