We had a fun field trip on Wednesday to Jamestown Settlement. While it was a “review” for us, as we studied this time period last year, it was too good a deal to pass up. Plus it was a fun time with friends.
We participated in a 2-hour guided tour of the settlement and a one hour class on the cultures in the area.
First we studied the Powhatan culture.
We got to see a Powhatan dance circle, with the ornate carvings. Historians don’t really know exactly what the tribe did here but it’s fun to imagine.
We got to check out a traditional Powhatan dwelling, inside and out. I’d like to tell you what it’s called but I can’t remember. LOL
We learned about what life as a Powhatan child was like. What they wore (NOTHING!), their hair styles (BALD!), some of their chores and training (started at age 3 and included many things, like scraping hides.)
We got to board a replica of the Susan Constant.
Visit with re-enactors
Try our hand at making a canoe Powhatan-style, with fire and shells.
We got to check out a colonial fort.
They got to try on some “soldier gear.”
Lastly, we saw a musket demonstration. That guy had the best job. LOL
On his second shot, I got the picture I was striving for…Fire in the Hole!!!