Lest any of you forget, we are still homeschooling. 😉 We took a field trip to Historic St. Mary’s City last week. For those that don’t know, St. Mary’s City was the colonial capital of Maryland.
Just to be real with ya’ll, I did not want to go because it was cold and rainy; however, we had paid for this trip and the frugal side of me couldn’t stand to throw away money so we just bundled up and did what we had to do. Did, I say it was cold and rainy and the field trip is an outdoors field trip? Yes, those things shouldn’t be in the same sentence but they are and were…okay, let’s move on.
When we arrived, there was a tent set-up for the kids to make flags from the colonial times. My parents went with us and the Princess stayed under an awning with her Nana. Thank goodness, the Professor was in the field trip spirit.
One of the first stops was the Native American village. I must say, they had a fire going and it was a popular place and man, it was warm. 🙂 Next we visited a Native American home that would have been inhabited by some of the first settlers. Here the Professor has on a battle helmet.
We went to the chapel that they are restoring and went to a replica of one of the early ships used by the settlers. Seriously, we were going too fast to take pics. After making our way back to the car, we piled in and put on the seat warmers then drove to the plantation to continue the trip. We also snacked on oatmeal raisin cookies and blondies so the heat plus the nourishment gave us what we needed to forge ahead.
We arrived at the plantation and were greeted by the cows – Bob and Trouble.
In the home of the family, we saw how they would have slept, cooked their meals and I fell in love with their garden. Between asking so many questions, I didn’t snap a pic. Their rosemary was huge, I will definitely get mine out of the planters on the deck and put them in the yard. Of course, during that time, herbs were often used for their medicinal properties as well as in cooking. Did you know for bandages, they would use lamb’s ear.
They had chickens roaming the grounds and to my astonishment they still had yellow squash growing. There were pumpkins, apple and fig trees, radishes, greens, and lots of other delights. I want to try the black radishes next year. They are said to have a peppery taste and they have found that they are rather strong and the pigs don’t like them – and you thought pigs ate everything.
Speaking of the pigs – Rosemary, Scarlet, Maisie, and Pumpkin. The kids had a great time tossing them apples and watching as they chased after them.
Another highlight of the plantation tour was learning about the tobacco. The kids were able to see how it flowers, they collect the tiny seeds, dry the leaves and they each were able to pick leaves off and place them in the hog’s head for shipment back to England. Of course, there were laws back then that involved serving in the militia. Muskets were the weapon of choice and we were treated to a firing of the musket – of course my Dad and the Professor thought this was so cool.
We enjoyed learning more about historic St. Mary’s City and have vowed to visit again when it is warmer and not raining. 🙂