Sunday, March 20, 2016

Montgomery

I was thrilled that I had the opportunity to chaperone the best fourth grade trip of the year, to Montgomery, Alabama. All the more, since I haven't had the chance in the past, to visit the State Capitol, from an educational perspective.

We started off the trip early morning on a dull, slightly drizzly morning. The charter buses were great, and made the almost two hour trip go by a lot faster.

We started off our field trip at the Old Alabama Town visitor's center, where the group was divided into smaller groups, and each assigned a tour guide for the day.


Old Alabama Town is comprised of several buildings from the 1800s, that have been transported to a single location. Some of the buildings have life actors playing the roles of people who lived and worked in that era.

This is the schoolmaster with his paddle in Adams Chapel School (1898). Luckily the kids on our trip were able to stay out of trouble!

The group outside one of the buildings:


The next visit was to the grocery store in town (1890).

This is a shotgun house, an actual house built in the late 1800s. The interior gave us a perspective of how people lived in that era.

Inside, the walls were insulated with newspaper.

Beautification has always been important to the women. This is a flat iron used for hair:

After leaving the house, we paid a visit to the doctor's office.

Inside, were bottles to demonstrate a variety of chemicals used by the physicians. Rather glad that medicine has advanced further than that now!

And outside was a bottle tree. This originated in superstition, and was designed to collect evil spirits. Also for beautification, it was considered the poor man's stained glass window.


The next visit was to a church in the living block. The pews were hand made in the 1800s, and are still very sturdy.

This concluded our visit to Old Alabama Town. After a quick visit to the gift shop, we boarded the charter bus and made a trip around Montgomery, learning a lot about the civil rights movement on the way. Heaven's Depot is where the famous Rosa Parks was employed. the plaque below marks the bus stop where she was arrested when she refused to give up a seat on the bus.



Next stop, the Alabama River, for a ride on a riverboat. Up until this time, the weather held out, and despite a chill in the air, and an overcast sky, no rain.

Lunch break on Harriot II


Cruising down the Alabama River:

After lunch, we paused for a quick group photo, before we headed back into town.

Outside Union Station


Alabama State House



The plaque for the Moon Tree, which grew from seeds that were sent into space and back.

 Amazing architecture inside the State Capitol



The last part of the field trip was a very brief visit to the Governor's Mansion. We didn't have the chance to see much, but by this time the kids were getting tired, and eager to wrap up. It's also when it finally started to rain... quite heavily!


Inside the dining room
 So we headed back to school, with a large group of tired, but very happy kids. All in all, a very productive trip!

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