Friday, May 9, 2014
More History Lessons from Our Trip
Our trip to New England was a wonderful way to explore earlier American History. We've read the first four books in the History of US series by Joy Hakim, and it was nice to actually see some of the things that we had read about.
The Mayflower (replica) at Plymouth was surprisingly small. The Plymouth Rock was just weird - why did we carve a date in that rock and put a Greek column style roof over it? It seems completely out of character with the pilgrims who stepped out on that rock from that little ship.
Plimouth Plantation was really amazing! My daughter says she would like to work there when she's older.
We also went to Salem, which was pretty terribly tacky. There is a lot of history there, but it's well buried under witchy themed tourist traps.
In Boston, we went to see "Old Ironsides". This ship was bigger than I expected, and boy did it have a lot of cannons! There was also a nice little free museum, with a lot of hands on fun for learning about the War of 1812.
We're home now, but this was such a big trip! We're still writing it up and wrapping it up, and we learned so much!