We also went to the Homeplace area. This is a farm set up to look and run like a homestead farm would have in the mid 19th century. The farm is a working farm and they donate a lot of their produce to those in need.
I of course was most taken with the house. I could have spent all day noticing all the little details. I loved the white washed walls. So fresh. It really lightened up what have otherwise been such a dark space.
The day we went just so happened to be Kids Day at the farm. This meant that the kids could participate and do typical kid chores from the 1850’s in order to earn things that they could barter with at the general store. For instance when they “weaved a blanket” they were able to trade it with one of the renactor’s for a “dozen eggs” that they could then trade at the store for treats like candy and old fashioned trinkets.
Miles loved the “going to school chore” and he received a bright red juicy apple for his hard work.
Some of the other chores included hauling water (these buckets were SO heavy!) and working the garden.
After we were done “with all the history stuff” as Miles said, we went to the Planetarium for a good science fix for him and then we re-entered the 21st century and high tailed it to a pizza joint for yummy, yummy hot dinner that scarfed up like we had never eaten hot food before.
The next day we packed up camp and came home.
And that was our vacation 2012. So. Much. Fun.