Sixth Graders Embark on an Historic Trip

Sixth Graders Embark on an Historic Trip
6th-Grade Students

By: Clara W.

The Williamsburg, Virginia, trip was a great learning experience and a way for all the sixth graders to socialize. We didn’t just learn about our history; we saw where we fought for our independence, where towns became cities, and where our nation's history first began. 

Williamsburg is a small town in Virginia. It’s a replica of what Williamsburg was like in colonial times. It has many shops, restaurants, and famous places to visit. In Williamsburg, you learn about colonial life, the indigenous, life in the military, healing illnesses, and our nation's history. Our nation’s independence from the British was earned on July 4, 1776. The colonists suffered through many battles and lost more than 70,000 men. During their fight for freedom, the Americans used the Burkley plantation as a headquarters; we also were able to visit there and learn about the history of the Burkley plantation.   

We learned how the colonial government worked and what they thought was right and wrong. We went to a reenactment of a cry witch and pirate trial, which had an accused person and many witnesses; we voted and gave our opinion on the trial. The government believed that to be a part of the court or to vote, you had to be male, white, Christian, free, you had to own land, and you had to be over twenty-one.     

The colonists believed that they should have their independence, but at the same time, they still had enslaved people. Enslaving people was a very common thing. Most wealthy people enslaved people for almost everything. They enslaved people for cooking, gardening, tobacco farms, and tending to the house. 

Archeology was a massive part of the trip; we went to many archeological sites during our visit. We learned about the history of every place we visited, including the native Americans. The native Americans were America's first inhabitants, and they populated much of the area until the British came to the known world. We saw a replica of an indigenous camp. We learned how they lived and how they coexisted with the colonists. 

During the American Revolution, many men joined the military. Living in the military was very hard; every day, the soldiers had to work, and many of them died from illnesses. They had many theories about curing diseases using medicines, most of which did not work. 

Williamsburg was a great example of life in the colonies. I learned about America and Williamsburg's history and had a lot of fun!
 

By: Lilah G.

On our trip to Williamsburg, we got to do many fun things and see many colonial-era buildings. We were able to visit at least 12 museums and recreations and several original buildings. We also visited Jamestown, Yorktown, the Virginia Capitol building, and the Berkeley Plantation. Every night, we had an evening program such as mock trials, revolutionary soldier training, colonial-era medicine, and a ghost tour. We also saw many historical monuments and the field where the last major battle of the revolution happened. Overall, I thought this trip was a really fun experience.
 

By: Madeline D.

My trip to Virginia was a wonderful trip. I learned even more than I had imagined. My favorite parts were Cry Witch, and seeing the Yorktown battlefield in person. Cry Witch was our first nightly activity. We got to be the Jury in a witch trial for Grace Sherwood. The judge was really scary and loud. I even jumped a little from one of his outbursts. At the battlefield we saw the old trench ruins and got to stand on redought nine. Surrounding the redought were large pointy sticks so the Americans could not climb over. That didn’t really work well because the French and Americans still were able to climb up. I thought that the museums that we went to were really fun and interactive. They even had exact replicas of the ships that the settlers used when they first came to Jamestown. I could never imagine living in those crowded ships even if the trip only lasted two weeks. 

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