on the hayride from the parking lot to the Pioneer Village
asking this lady some questions about quilting
this lady showed us all the steps involved in taking wool from the sheep to the loom
enjoying watching this little girl make candles
inspecting her handiwork
at the smokehouse, learning how pioneers preserved the meat the father provided for his family's food
taking a turn at sawing wood
at the blacksmith shop, the kids all had a turn at being a "bellows boy", keeping the fire at a high temperature
by means of pumping air into the fireplace with a hand-cranked bellows or forge
probably the funnest part of the day for him, meeting all the animals on the homestead, learning about their care and upkeep, and why they were needed on the farm
feeding the goats
a tunnel built onto the side of a tobacco barn, we never learned of its purpose...
mom & son
sitting on the back porch of the cabin, just outside the kitchen
We had a great time learning about the pioneers and their way of life. We watch Little House on the Prairie at our house, so he knew a good bit already as we were making our way around the village. In the HOD curriculum this year, we will read A Pioneer Sampler: The Daily Life of a Pioneer Family in 1840, by Barbara Greenwood. I can hardly wait to get to it! I just love history, and seeing how everything weaves together for God's glory. After all, it is HIS-story.