Thursday, April 19, 2012

History Field Trip

Today we went on a field trip to Ft. Christmas Park. Ms. Vickie was our tour guide and teacher.

She taught us about the people who settled this part of Florida and how they took care of their selves. One way was gardening.

Joe was another instructor who taught the children about the tools the pioneers would have used to help them build their houses and furniture.

They would have used pine needles for mulch.
The pioneers of Florida grew their own sugar cane. This is a sugar cane field.

Miss Vickie talking with the children about the houses.


They would have hand pumped their water and then carried it by buckets to water the garden. Such hard work.
Levi with the candles he made today.

So wonderful that we now have sprinklers...The men and women of yesteryear had it very hard. We were taught about how the women did laundry, made candles, made their own soap and basically everything they could make, they would. They would only want to trade for absolute essentials.... We are so spoiled today. I have pictures of the houses I will share later...I think your going to love them.

Amy Jo


  1. Hi Amy Jo: It is so wonderful how the kids can learn today, and not just out of books. I'm so glad I live in an old house but I'm also VERY glad that it is in this century!..Happy Thursday..Judy

  2. Yes, it was charming, but man! What labor our poor ancesters had to endure! I often wonder how well I would have held up? I would like to think i would have been good at these things. Today's laundry machines.. awesome! Plumbing, essential, we really have it made, don't we?

  3. HI Ladies,

    I agree it is great to learn about our history but y'all are right, it was so hard. I don't know if I would have done very well then. I like to think I would have too. But somehow I doubt it.... I'm thankful for our modern life!

    Amy Jo


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