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Monday, September 12, 2011

Rocky Mount Field Trip

Today we took a field trip to Rocky Mount Museum. It was really nice that Gary got to go with us.

The kids got to enjoy some hands on activities while we learned about history in the 1700's. This ties in well with the time frame in history we are beginning to study.

The first activity was quill writing.

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Peyton was really learning to appreciate the fact that we now have pens and pencils to write with. Dipping the ink constantly and blotting and trying to form letters was pretty tedious.

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Since envelopes were not used in the 1700's, people folded the pages us and used a family seal. They would melt wax onto the paper and press the seal into the paper on the fold. This would signify that the letter had not been read.

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We also learned about the people and their habits back then. Most people had 2 sets of clothes a winter set and summer set. They rarely bathed until it was time to change their clothes after each season. They would daily wash their hands, face and arms, but not their whole bodies. The men would also sleep in the shirts they wore all day. They would just remove their shoes and breeches and the shirt tail would fall out and make a night shirt.

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The second activity was hearth side cooking. We went into the kitchen house and the kids got to experiencing cooking a meal on a fireside hearth.

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Peyton cracked the egg. 

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Lexi added the milk. 

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Then they mixed in the cornmeal and stirred it up. Nothing was measured.

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Meanwhile the bacon was placed on coals on the hearth.

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You can see all the herbs hung over the hearth to dry.

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The cornbread was placed in a bowl in the dutch oven and set on coals on the hearth.

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I was amazed at how fast the cornbread cooked -in less than 10 minutes.

This was where the dishes were washed and rinsed.

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Cooking utensils.

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Peyton trying the bacon, trying to separate the large amounts of fat.

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The cornbread after it was ready.

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After dinner chores. Sweeping,

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cleaning the table, washing and rinsing dishes,

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then putting them away. Throwing out old water, getting more water from the spring. Hauling in more wood.

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This was at the main house. The Cobb house.This is the dining room.

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The living area.

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A secret drawer in the desk.

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The quilt that is lowered down so it can be worked on, then put away in the evenings for family time and entertaining.

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A game the kids played called chase the snake. When kids rolled the die they went that many spaces. Then they might have to do chores-Peyton thought it was a way to make kids work more.

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The spinning house.

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The last activity was candle making. They began with wicks, in order to get the candles bigger you must dip and let it dry and then dip again. About 30 times or more. This too the kids found tedious.

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A pretty view from the property.

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Lexi couldn't wait to get home and try out her candle.

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It was a great trip and I know that the kids learned alot getting to try things first hand, and see how people dressed, lived and talked back in the 1700's.