we checked out dumbarton house‘s monthy homeschool history day.
ms. karen greeted us and, while we waited for the program to begin,
the girls colored a portrait of themselves in the federal period and decoded messages.
the program began with a reading of a letter from the son of joseph nourse
— dumbarton’s most famous resident —
about how he celebrated the new year and
we discussed the ways in which it was similar and different
from how we celebrate today.
next, as we toured the house, we read fictional letters from sarah nourse,
joseph’s wife, and moved the hands of clocks
to the times indicated intermittently in her tales.
(no photos were allowed during the tour.)
afterward we had high tea with hot chocolate and ginger snaps,
handled cones of salt and sugar and blocks of tea and chocolate
— they were pressed into cones blocks for preservation.
then the girls wrote letters themselves with quill pens
and closed the letters by stamping seals in red wax.
bonus: the staff had a little area on the side with over-sized dominoes and checkers for the younger ones to play.
the dumbarton kid’s web site is great for a post-visit review.