S: William Harris Homestead 4-19-2010
FC: ( Text Here ) | William Harris Homestead 4th Grade April 19th, 2010
1: We started our day with a group picture in front of the 185 year old William Harris Log Cabin. We were ready for a fabulous day of learning!
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3: Our first stop on the Homestead was a lesson from a Civil War Soldier. Mr. Bobby taught us a lot about how the soldiers lived and survived out on the battle fields. He even showed us a lot of the equipment they would have to carry.. I think that it would have been very hard to be a soldier during the Civil War!
5: Mr. Bobby taught us about the clothes the soldiers would have to wear, the food they had to eat, and how they couldn't take a bath for months at a time! He even let us hold the shoes that the soldiers walked in. I was amazed at how strong the soldiers must have been. They even carried their beds on their backs while they marched!! I learned so much from Mr. Bobby!
6: Sitting by the stream learning how to gather water and wash clothes
7: The natural spring was a very interesting location to learn about washing clothes, taking a bath, and gathering drinking water. We learned that usually the boys had to carry buckets of water from the spring to the house for the mother to do dishes and for the family to drink. We also learned that the spring water is so cold that they could keep their milk down there so that it would stay cold during the summer. But don't drink the water today because you can get very sick!
8: We got to go on a hayride and see the river that they family used to swim in and take baths!
9: We liked going fast on the trails in the tractor.
10: Inside the 185 year old log cabins was really cool! We learned about who built the house and how he did it. | We learned about the Harris family. They had 12 kids!! Their main choir was picking cotton.
11: We saw how they brushed out the cotton and wove it into thread. | Then she showed us how they put the threads together to make cloth. it would take 2 months to make 1 t-shirt!
13: We visited the kitchen and got to see and feel some of the foods the family would have eaten.
14: The Cellar | In the cellar we learned how to dry foods for the winter
15: The Medicine Garden
16: We learned how to make candles for light.
17: We also learned about the family members buried on the property
19: We walked through the smoke house and saw the hams that they were curing for the winter. We also got to see what it felt like to be a Harris child and picked cotton from the fields.
20: It was very neat to watch a real sheepdog herd the sheep. This is just like they would have to do on the farm back when the Harris family lived here. We know that the Harris family had three sheep. This dog was amazing, he listened really good, and he was FAST! The sheep were definitely scared of him.
22: Mr. Robby came back to show us all how he loads and shoots his rifle. There were a lot of steps to load it. He said if you are good, you can load one bullet every 17 seconds or three shots a minute. That leaves a lot of time for the enemies to get closer!
23: That rifle was LOUD!!
24: Finally we sat down and ate our lunch. We had so much fun and the time just flew by. We really enjoyed our trip to the William Harris Homestead. I can't wait to go back!
25: My favorite part of the trip was probably the sheep dogs. It reminded me of my dog Monaco and how I wish she could listen that good. I was very interested in how the man learned to train the dogs to be so fast and listen so well. Maybe one day I will go back to the homestead and will get a chance to ask him about it.