Monday, October 24, 2011

Cracker Country

Friday we took a field to Cracker Country
Cracker Country is an outdoor living history museum at the state fair grounds.  When we walked through the gate we stepped back into the year 1898. 
The kids had so much fun learning about life in Florida during the pioneer time period.  We took a guided tour of the museum and in addition to learn lots of interesting information, the children also got to participate in some hands-on activities.  They got to help make a rope, wash clothes on a washboard, learn about how a train depot operates and go shopping in the general store.  Emma Jane and Libby each bought a bag of marbles and John got a wooden train toy. 

They also got to make candles,

learn how to make butter,

and experience a one room school house. 

Here is John hard at work "writing" his name on his slate.

 All of the boys sat on one side of the room and the girls sat on the other side and when the children lined up to go outside the girls always went first!   

There was a lot about the simpler life we experienced at Cracker Country that was appealing to me.  There were also aspects of my modern life that I appreciate even more now.
Such as my washing machine, indoor plumbing, electricity, air conditioning, my king sized bed...

Yeah, two fully grown adults slept on this thing! 


Kmama said...

How fun! We have a place like that here and it's always fun to go and see how they did stuff back then.

Krystyn said...

Looks like a really cool place. I bet you all enjoyed it.

Megan R. said...

First of all, I wonder if I'm the only one who inappropriately giggled at "cracker country". And second, that bed is not big enough for ONE adult. Forget two. Hell, a lot of nights my King size bed isn't big enough for two!