An annual trip to Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts is part of the seventh grade curriculum and allows them to explore life in early America (circa the 1830s).
Based on their observations and the data collected while on the trip, students will write a paper about the way people lived nearly two centuries ago.
"It was so informative," Anika Garg shared. "It wasn't just the people; there were signs everywhere with lots of details, and you can ask a ton of questions. It was really cool to learn how they survived back then, and how they created banks and farms."
All students took a cooking class making cinnamon and nutmeg cookies, which were baked in a tin oven on the hearth. The tin was meant to reflect the heat from the fire and "conserve energy" because 70% of the region was deforested and wood was an important commodity. They learned that there was one major bake day a week where they would move the coal from their fire into an actual oven to bake their pies and bread that would last the for the week. Students also visited a blacksmith, farm, potter, tinsmith, lumber mill, and saw a bank, meetinghouse, and town store.