Thursday, October 28, 2010

I love field trips!

October must be the month for field trips! Today Jon and I got to go on a field trip with Jason's class to Moores Creek National Battlefield. Where we learned about this epic battle that took place on a rickety old bridge, between the Loyalists (ie - the British as well as some Scottish) and us lowly Patriots.




It actually turned out to be quite a fun, if not an insanely humid, day! I don't know what it is, but as I get older I'm starting to enjoy these little tidbits of history. As an avid reader, I feel it's more the 'story' that history tells that draws me in.

Jon and I had a great time watching all the kids and corral them to all the places they needed to be. Sadly, Jason is starting to get to that age where he's not necessarily glued to my side during these outings. I can recall past field trips where we'd skip hand in hand through whatever little excursion the school decided to send us on. But today, there were many a moment where I had to try and keep up with him as he raced around with his friends, checking out what the tour guide pointed out to him. Be that as it may, I will still volunteer to go with him as long as he wants me to.

So today, we happily tagged along listening to all these interesting facts about this epic battle that lasted only about 3 minutes. If you'd like to learn more about what really went down here between the British/Highlanders and the Patriots, go here----> HISTORY IS COOL


Here the kids are reading a billboard right as we arrived at the National Park.

Shortly thereafter, we were ushered into this building where our guide (the burly man in the kilt there) showed us examples of 1770's living. We were shown the types of toys the kids would of played with, along with the types of weapons the men would use to fight with. We also got a lesson of Highlander gear as well since they played an integral part in this particular battle.


On our way to the battlefield...

Our tour guy explain that the path behind him was the very same path the loyalist took to track down us pesky Patriots.


This way to learn about our AWESOME history!

Jason checking out the billboard that explains how us smart thinking Patriots planned this battle out.

No, this isn't the bridge but it is part of the tour...

My hansom man surround by swamp....


While we were crossing many of the bridges that lead to 'THE' bridge, we looked down and noticed these tiny tree like things growing out of the swamp area. It was like a miniature Christmas scene down there! I kept expecting tiny little elves to jump out!

Purdy picture!

Jason and his best bud, Devin.

The group of us....




That's right! We took them boys DOWN!


Our guide explaining how we used these miniature cannons and fired at the Loyalists as they came across the bridge.

Ka-BOOM!

A monument honoring the Patriots only fallen hero.

This was a monument honoring all the Scottish Loyalist who fought and died in this battle.  The inscription reads:
"HERE FELL
CAPTAIN MCLEOD, CAPTAIN CAMPBELL
AND
ABOUT FIFTY HIGHLAND SCOTS
L
OYALISTS; WHO, WITH SPLENDID
COURAGE, ASSAULTED WITH
CLAYMORES THE AMERICAN
ENTRENCHMENTS. THEY WERE
HEROES WHO DID THEIR
DUTY AS THEY SAW IT AND
ARE WORTHY OF THIS TRIBUTE
FROM THE DESCENDANTS OF
THE EQUALLY BRAVE MEN
WHOM THEY FOUGHT.
PEACE TO THEIR
ASHES."
Says a lot that even after all that war stuff that happened, we Patriots still honored these men. Funny that, huh?

This was a monument constructed to honor the Women of the battle.


After all was said and done, we were lead to the visitor center where we toured some exhibits, visited the gift store and came in from the awful humidity.

Of course, when you come across a cannon you naturally have to pretend to take down the nearest enemy. Which for me happened to be the little people in the diorama.

We all had a great time and thanks to the exuberant amount of bug spray applied, we only walked about with about 1000 mosquito bites.

Gosh, I love the South!



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  1. Stacy,

    If it helps make this time period more alive - your great great great great great grandpa John Ryno and his father, your great great great great great great grandpa George Ryno were living in the Rahway area of New Jersey in 1777 and suffered depredations at the hands of the British - that is, the British took their property - like chickens and kitchenware. John and his brothers also served in the military - on the side of the Patriots.

    Anyways, when I was in school learning about it, I wish I would have known that I actually did have connection to pieces of history, like the Revolutionary War!

    And now, full attention to Harry Potter, since I can't sleep right now :)

    Megan

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