Sunday, October 19, 2008

Old Colonial Days

So we have this great place in the beautiful nearby Amish Country that is like a mini Williamsburg, VA. About 70 of us attended their "Old Colonial Days" and learned from their blacksmiths, leather workers, farm hands, inn keepers, and residents. We got to ride the horse-drawn wagons. And we got to play old fashioned games and visit their old farmhouses and barns and animals. We also attended an old-fashioned school lesson in their one room school house. My my, were they ever strict back then. Dunce caps and all! It was a fabulous field trip!! Such a great throwback in time!

Learning from the Leather Maker

Wagon Rides! Our group is so big that we were all in different areas the whole time.

Learning bits of trivia at the various scarecrows

Enjoying the Women's' Garden

Friends who just fed a giant pig together

Seeing what the houses were like

Learning from the people who lived at that time

A true family bed! Look how many kids we can fit on it!

Visiting the Farmhouse

The woman in the first picture shared with us her amazing quilt--she's been working on it for years and it chronicles her life growing up on a farm. It's gorgeous! Then we enjoyed the wild turkeys for a while and toured the barn. Then we visited the schoolhouse--boy was the teacher strict! The kids got a lecture about behavior and then were led in, girls in one line, boys in another. You can see them practicing their recitations. They had to stand by their desks whenever they answered a question. After that, we went on a horse-drawn wagon ride. So fun!

This next series of pictures is great! It shows the kids leaning old-fashioned chores and children's games as well. They got to try starting a fire with flint and steel--K got some sparks! M and I played in the extra room with toys. Great fun. Great friends. Great field trip! We really enjoy doing these as a family.


HappyWifeHappyLife said...

This looks wonderful!

bythelbs said...

I love the caption "friends who just fed a giant pig together". Awesome.

J Fo said...

How neat! One of my favorite childhood memories is going to Williamsburg with my family.

April (Thorup) Oaks said...

Looks so fun Stacy!

Jill O said...

How fun! Did it make you glad you weren't around then?

Boquinha said...

Thanks, everyone!

LOL, lbs!

Jessica, it's so beautiful out here. We are absolutely in love with where we live.

Jill, honestly, most of it makes me yearn for a simpler time and pace of life. But then they talk about how cold it was and I'm grateful for heaters. :P So, mixed bag, I guess. Mostly, I yearn for that time of simplicity, closeness to nature, and family togetherness that everyone seemed to share.