As you can see in the picture above, my son had fun trying out some old time toys. This one was just a ring of wood that he could push and chase as it rolled around the field. He did this for a good 15mins and probably would have continued except that this next toy became available.
He has a little trouble with the stilts but he gave it a good try. They also had wooden horses that my daughter loved, even though they were too heavy for her to hold up.
Here he was basket weaving. He got a lesson on how these strips of wood were made and got to see many types of woven baskets
Leather working, he got a small piece of leather which was sprayed with a little water. Then he chose some patterned punches and hammered them to put the pattern onto the leather. He stayed there working until there was no more room left. They also gave us a lesson on how shoes were made back then.
This activity was not his favorite. Here he is making a candle by dipping the long wick into liquid wax. They used a fire with a large iron pot and the smoke was bothering him. He has very sensitive eyes and he couldn't handle this long enough to make a full candle. We went through and dipped it 4 times I think and then he was done. Most kids didn't dip for long, but there were a few patient kids that had nice thick candles.
He really enjoyed watching the blacksmith demonstration. The blacksmith talked to them about how the fire works, the bellows, the way the metal softens and rehardens.
We spent a large amount of time just walking through all the buildings and trying to imagine how life was so long ago.
The Cotton Gin
The Cotton Press
A loom where they were making a large blanket. The kids also got to try weaving yarn.
We learned about the differences in how people lived depending on their status. There were homes of ordinary people, wealthy people, poor people, and even slaves. My son had many questions about slaves so we talked quite a bit about that on our car ride.
Here is a home of a wealthy family, there were several rooms in this home. In fact it was more like two homes connected. Plenty of furniture and even decorations.
My son was particularly interested in the children's room. These two photos are of the same room in the fancy home. There were nice beds with linens, furniture, decorations and even toys. It seemed a little sparse to my son who's room is overflowing with legos and other toys. But then we compared it to some of the other homes here and he saw how this home was much more fancy.
This is the slave home. My son first said that it didn't seem so bad. I had him look again. This is a house, that is one room. The bed and the eating area are right next to each other. I also had to point out that this was not a home for only one person, it was for all of the slaves.
We did have a nice little trip. I'm not sure if I will make the long drive again next year (they do a yearly homeschool day). We ended our trip with a horse drawn wagon ride which turned out to be the highlight of the day. My son got a chance to sit up front with the driver for part of the time which he loved. My daughter is all about animals right now and horses are one of her favorites. She got to pet one of them also. T promptly pulled out his legos when we got home and built his own horse drawn wagon. It was a fun day!