Friday, September 14, 2012

Old Sturbridge Village -- homeschool day

Wednesday was Homeschool Day at Old Sturbridge Village, so we packed up and headed up there for a day of classes, demonstrations, and general 19th century fun. Above, at the Sawmill, which was operating on this day.

J took a class on Textiles in which he sewed a "wallet", which was a basic carry-all that men used to carry their uniforms, shoes, bedclothes, etc, during the War of 1812 (which was the general theme of the day). Zoo Boy took a class about Remedies and got a good feel for the types of concoctions that were used around the home and medicinally back in the early 1800s.

Both boys also spent time exploring the things they most wanted to see in the village -- Zoo Boy (above) spent most of his time while J was in class in the Blacksmith shop, not surprising to me as he's expressed a deep interest in it on each of our visits. J chose to visit the farm while Zoo Boy was in class. Both boys explored the homestead houses throughout the rest of our visit, and we sat down with good friends for lunch in the Bullard Tavern. And J convinced me to buy a book about the Wells family and it's connection to OSV. (My maiden name is Wells, I'm not sure if these are relatives of mine or not, I guess we'll find out when we delve into Genealogy in December!)

Gorgeous weather, awesome venue, great friends, and all around good time was had by all. I'm so glad its Fall -- I LOVE HOMESCHOOLING!

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