Saturday, October 10, 2009
Field Trip #4 ~ Philip Foster Pioneer Farm
How lucky were we? GORGEOUS weather for our day at Philip Foster Pioneer Farm! Lots of child-friendly, hands-on activities. The kids (my sister, Holly, joined us with her 3) got to do laundry, grind corn, test out the tools in the wood shop, watch the cider press in action (and taste-test the results!), build a log cabin, write with a quill pen, eat hot apple fritters right off the stove, tour the buildings, climb in covered wagons, use a crosscut saw....
Most of the stations were manned by kids in costume. My personal favorite: the 12 year old single-handedly manning the blacksmith shop, burning smiley faces on wood (the boys cut with the crosscut saw), answering questions, and giving demonstrations. Luke got to help him start a fire with frayed twine, a char cloth, and a magnifying glass.
I really, really want some of the life-sized 'Lincoln Logs' the kids used to build their own log cabin.