Instead of an Easter Party this year, my son's third grade class took a field trip to Tryon Palace in New Bern, NC.
The kids and adults were all captivated by our tour of the palace and adjacent properties. In fact, I did not even here the kids complain about being hunergy or tired the whole 4 hours we were there. I would say the best part is the hands on exhibits that the kids did. They learned how to pick out cotton seeds and comb the cotton. They actually all stitched 10 or more stitches into a quilt that was in a quilting frame. They made corn husks dolls and learned how spices came and had to be prepared for use in the olden days (and even graded some nutmeg and grinded some pepper).
The cook showed them how the fire was used to cook and what jobs they might do if they lived during that time (ie. start the fire and haul in the wood).
An eye opener for quite a few of the kids (and some grown ups) was the absense of running water. They learned all about slop buckets and how, that would likely be a chore for someone of their age as well.
The girls all loved the clothing of the time. But, the boys were distressed to learn that boys and girls all wore dresses until about age 6 when boys began wearing knickers.
Our last activity was lawn bowling. Everyone loved this game and several of the parents talked about buying it for home.
Now for the negative: I was upset that there are numerous exhibits that were not operating on this day at ALL during the entire time we were there. The blacksmith shop was closed. There was no one to operate the spinning wheel or loom. We were not given a tour of the gardens, which is one of the things that Tryon Palace is known for. No pictures could be taken inside...a bummer since I love to document my trips:0( And finally, the kids were supposed to make candles but were unable to do this because of the wind.