Traveling Through History One Field Trip At A Time
We Want To Visit Five Historically Relevant Locations
One of the best parts of homeschooling is the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom. We have been living this homeschool life for seven years now and one thing we know for sure is that hands-on learning sticks with you. We both really love History so T and I are committing this New Year to take five historical field trips before we graduate him! All of these are relevant locations for those of us wanting to walk through history itself! Bring on the homeschool field trips!
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Just this past year we visited several places that offered us an opportunity to travel back through time such as Rocky Mount Historic Site, Tipton-Haynes Historic Site, Cade’s Cove, and Fort Watauga. But this year we are thinking we would like to do some significant travel. One of our favorite trips was to Outer Banks to see if we could find the Lost Colony. Colonial Williamsburg was also fun! We have toured the plantations in Hilton Head. We love to travel and so this year we are thinking big! Here are some of the travel ideas we are pondering.
Best Places To Travel To See History Itself
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Virginia
T and I had a ball doing the Virtual Field Trip through Mount Vernon, but we still want to walk it in person. My favorite of all the president’s was George Washington. T loves Teddy Roosevelt. We know that President Roosevelt visited Mount Vernon himself at least twice, so that adds appeal for T. Both of our favorite presidents walked those floors and admired the views of the Potomac River. This is a trip that I can’t wait to take. Please note: the site has a lot of educational material available. You can look through Mount Vernon lesson plans here.
- Ford Orientation Center: Start your visit to Mount Vernon at the Ford Orientation Center, where you can watch the action-adventure movie, “We Fight to Be Free,” and speak with staff to help plan your day.
- Birthplace National Monument: General Washington, Mrs. Washington, and family members have been laid to rest in the tomb, a short walk from the mansion.
- George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill: Visit fully functioning reconstructions of George Washington’s Distillery® and Gristmill, located 2.7 miles from the estate’s main entrance.
Boston has so much history that it might take several days to fully enjoy. Here are the top reasons why we think Boston makes for the perfect homeschool field trip!
- Walk The Freedom Trail: The Freedom Trail is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond.
- The Boston Museum of Science (My own personal favorite field trip from my school days!) For over 180 years, the Museum of Science has evolved to meet the needs of society and has become one of Boston’s leading cultural institutions in the process. The Museum of Science features a revolving schedule of temporary exhibits, IMAX films, and Planetarium shows, plus details on more than 700 interactive permanent exhibits, live presentations, and more!
- Tour the Boston Harbor Islands The Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park is a unique urban wilderness and the largest recreation area in metro Boston, with lush hiking trails, nature watching and water sports. The islands are also rich in history, each with its own unique story to tell. Come discover these “hidden” treasures in our own backyard.
- Drive to Plymouth – several different tours Once you leave Boston you can drive just over forty minutes and end up in Plymouth! There are a lot of tours worth taking through Plymouth.
We have planned this trip once before and we were so excited to go but then we had a last minute change of plans and ended up in Colonial Williamsburg instead. But this trip is still high up on the list. I still have the itinerary with all my research on the best places to eat and where to stay! Here are the top reasons we want to do a homeschool field trip to Philadelphia!
- Reading Terminal Market: This is one of the oldest enclosed markets in Philadelphia. It first originated in a train shed at the Reading Railroad Company! So even though it’s all grown up now it does have a great history and is also said to be an amazing place for those of us who love culinary arts!
- The Philadelphia Museum of Art: An art museum that was originally chartered in 1876, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the most famous art museums in the country. Discover works of art at one of the largest and most renowned museums in the country. Find beauty, enchantment, and the unexpected among artistic and architectural achievements from the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
- Independence Hall: Independence Hall is, by every estimate, the birthplace of the United States. It was within its walls that the Declaration of Independence was adopted. It was here that the Constitution of the United States was debated, drafted and signed. You can also visit the Liberty Bell!
Savannah was Georgia’s first city! Mr. Wonderful and I went here as part of our honeymoon trip and I instantly fell in love with the cobblestone streets, the moss swaying from the boughs of the trees, and the little shops and amazing food available around every corner! Best of all, the history surrounds you! There are amazing museums and art exhibits everywhere. The churches are grand and the mansions are exquisite and charming!
- The American Prohibition Museum: A 6,000-square-foot museum containing 13 different galleries packed with artifacts from the Prohibition era.
- Historic Landmark District: Stroll through 22 park squares, and explore museums, monuments, restored 18th-century homes, boutiques, and more than 100 restaurants.
- Tybee Island: (One of my sister Amy’s favorite places on earth.) In 1733 General James Oglethorpe led the settlement of this area, which was called Savannah because of the vast marshlands and tall grass. The new colony of Georgia was named in honor of King George of England. Tybee was extremely important because of its location at the mouth of the Savannah River.
T has been asking to make this trip ever since he discovered his love for castles. And Louisville does indeed offer a castle and so much more history!
- The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad’s Castle): Surrounded by a beautiful courtyard neighborhood at the center of the largest collection of Victorian Homes in the US, “Conrad’s Castle” featured all the latest innovations of its day, including interior plumbing and electric lighting. Known for its beautiful woodwork and parquet floors, this massive Bedford limestone home, covered with gargoyles, beautiful archways, and elaborate stone designs, incorporated 7 types of hardwoods and magnificent stained glass windows in the interior design, making it one of the most stunning homes in Old Louisville.
- The Red River Gorge Geological Area: You can travel from Louisburg through Lexington and over to Stanton, KY to see The Red River Gorge which embraces a sandstone rock bridge in Kentucky called the Natural Bridge.
- The Kentucky Derby Museum: T works with horses and so he has a great interest in visiting this museum. Take a 30 minute, guided walking tour of historic Churchill Downs Racetrack. Learn about past Derby winners and the rich history of this location. Visitors will walk through the property to the paddock and out to the grandstand learning trivia and fun facts along the way.
These are just the Top Five we have discussed so far. But there are other places we are seriously considering too. Such as Monticello in Charlottesville Virginia, Charlotte in North Carolina, Nashville right here in Tennessee, Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia, and Montpelier in Orange, Virginia. And more.
If you have a favorite homeschool or educational field trip you really enjoyed please let us know all about it in the comments section below.
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