Saturday, May 15, 2010

A Journey Back in Time

I took the day off Friday and went on Grace's 4th grade field trip to Sauder Village in Archbold, OH. It was a LONG trip on a school bus!

Field trips sure are different these days. MP3 players, Nintendo DS's, Ipods, and Iphones rule the seats. These kids didn't sit still for a moment the whole way there!
As soon as we got there, the girls hit the trails.

We saw prairie living as it was back in the 1840's-early 1900's. We saw one room houses with big fireplaces for cooking, a blacksmith shop, (with a man making actual metal works as it would've been back then), glass blowing, and carriage shops.

We even got to see where they kept the criminals. All 5 girls thought it was hilarious! And very sparse!

This ADORABLE house with a large garden beside it housed a family with 17 kids. The mother outlived 2 husbands, and died at the age of 79 with 101 grandchildren! That's a lot of birthday presents to buy!

There was a one room schoolhouse with a stern teacher, who rapped your knuckles if you spoke out of turn. Boys sat on one side, and girls on the other, and there were no glass windows, only something that resembled parchment paper, since glass was so expensive. Everyone shared books, and there was a fireplace that warmed the whole room.

We saw log cabins, "large" homes, and even an Indian camp.

There was a working grist mill where they were grinding corn into cornmeal. These are the colorful flour sacks back then, which they made dresses/clothing out of. I wish I had one today for some cute pillows!

We ate ice cream and popcorn, went shopping in the general store, saw a lady weaving a rug, and much more. It was a LONG day, (I guess I already mentioned that....did I say it was a LONG day???), but the girls had fun. I would like to go back when we have more time to stay. I'm glad I went. It was a beautiful sunny day, and I enjoyed spending time with my girl.


  1. I'm glad you went too. You are giving Grace some special time with you & her friends & making a memory to last. I cherish all the times I went with you on field trips or class activities. Enjoyed the pics too! It is fun to look back & see how far we've come..............

  2. We went there last June and stayed at the hotel there. It was a great time and the kids really enjoyed it. The drive out there was nice and scenic. We took 6 all the way there. It was a long day at the village for us, too. And I was 8 months pregnant too, so I was beat by the time we saw everything. We didn't get to see the red house and everything out that way...they were working on it when we went. Glad you had a good time!


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