Smith Ranch – An American Revolution Adventure

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This morning we had Hasty Pudding for breakfast!  Why do you ask?  It was the influence of a wonderful field trip we experienced this past Wednesday.

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I just love it when we can apply what we are learning to a hands-on experience.  Our recent field trip to Smith Ranch was perfect for what we are studying this year in Cycle 3 of Classical Conversations.

SmithRanch1We were greeted by Mr. & Mrs. Smith and their son.  They gave an overview of the Revolutionary time, with instructions for the children in responding respectfully to directions, “Yes, Sir.”  The group was assigned to a Company.  We were Company A…and the flag bearer was selected to lead us to each historical station.  My daughter was elated to be picked!  She sure was glad to be wearing her costume that day.

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SmithRanch2The first stop, musket training.

SmithRanch3Next, learning how to make George Washington’s favorite breakfast: Hasty Pudding

Recipe: 1 part Corn Meal to 4 parts boiling water (add salt, butter, and honey to taste)

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All the children really enjoyed this and asked for seconds!  My kids couldn’t wait to make it on their own at home.

SmithRanchboy1The next stop was crossing the frozen Allegheny River

SmithRanch4We then raised the flag at Fort Daniel Boone

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SmithRanch12We discussed the Declaration of Independence, and then signed our own family documents declaring our freedom using quill and ink.

SmithRanchgirlAfter breaking for lunch, we rode the “Franklin Express”

SmithRanch6Where we saw this flying, and learned the brief history behind this flag.

SmithRanchgirl1We served on the USS “Patriot” and learned about the ship’s cannon

SmithRanchgirl2The children then danced the Virginia Reel

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The dancing quickly ended because we had to defend and recapture Fort Daniel Boone!  As a result, there were wounded soldiers to bandage.

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All in all, it was a wonderful trip and a great experience for everyone!  Our History and Faith go hand in hand, and appreciate the heritage of our great Nation!!  I would highly recommend visiting, and hope to go back for another American History Adventure!

Thank you Smith Ranch!!

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Blessings!

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