WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Seventh graders from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in North Edison experienced life in Colonial times during their trip to Williamsburg, Virginia from Nov. 7 to 12.
The students visited historic Jamestown and Yorktown, and toured the first settlement where the English settlers co-existed with the Powhatan tribe, surviving much hardship and trying times. They learned how to carve canoes, make clothing, store tobacco, and survive as a Revolutionary War soldier. They also visited trade shops, where workers demonstrated their talents making wheels, buckets, muskets and other crafts with genuine tools and skills that have been passed down from the 18th Century.
The group visited the Royal Palace, where Lord and Lady Dunmore resided and they toured the mansion where the Dunmores hosted elegant balls and galas. Some students visited the Magazine, where the armaments were held and stored for impending threats during the Revolutionary War. Before returning to New Jersey, the seventh graders continued their tour of trade shops (Wigmaker and Barber, Shoemaker, Printing Press, Blacksmith and others).
They visited the famous Powell House where some students learned proper etiquette for hosting a 18th Century dinner party, while others tried on different period pieces that varying groups of inhabitants of the house might have worn. Afterwards, they toured the Capitol Building, the site of the many important legislative meetings, court cases and rooms for law-making bodies to formulate the direction of the colonial government.
Pictured above, the students visit the Gunsmith Shop. Photo by Ean Plotkin of Hoboken
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