|Enjoying the summer’s first honeysuckle. I introduced Claire to this little bit of magic and of course she was smitten!|
My GPS died a couple of months ago and I’ve been braving the streets of suburbia with no guide, aside from my four year old backseat driver (who ALWAYS points out when your “dinkers” are not being used when turning).
|Log chimney. So pretty!|
|Food and Simples Garden at the Wick homestead, lots of beauties that I want to add to my own collection!|
I knew nothing about the site aside from the fact that it had something to do with George Washington. What a pleasant surprise to find a 1700s homestead complete with working garden to explore (yippee! a garden, just what I wanted). We watched a video in the visitor’s center about “The Hard Winter” tried on some revolutionary era clothing and set out to find the cabins the soldiers built to wait out the coldest and snowiest winter on record.
After watching the video, Claire was so excited when we drove down the road and discovered the cabins in real life. Judging by the hardware used to fasten the logs I’m going to guess they’re reproductions, the dimensions and layout of the cabins are true to the originals.We’ve done a fair share of camping and Claire took one look at the gaps in the logs and decided it must have indeed been a rough winter.
These are the kind of connections between real life and history that I hope we can make in the next year or two. Claire misses the Kindergarten cut off in our town (by 8 days mind you!) so our version of “school” until her full-day program in first grade begins, is going to be a lot of field-tripping fun. Granted, we’ve been doing this all along, but age 5 seems to be a magic number in this area for all of the special programs at the local historic sites and museums.
There is so much to see and do out there, I’ve been glued to my computer just bookmarking sites and calendars — everything looks very exciting and judging by some of the complicated driving directions I’ve printed out, it might just be time to replace that GPS!
And here are a few more pictures of that gorgeous garden.