We did something very fun and really interesting this weekend. We went to a Civil War battle reenactment. I grew up in the South and have visited many historic Civil War battlefields, but I have never been a spectator to a reenactment, complete with period dress, mounted cavalry and cannon fire! I’m a total history buff…nerd actually…so I was loving all aspects of this performance. I also love photography and the photo opportunities here were plentiful!
It was plain to see the volunteers were all very passionate about their history. They were quite knowledgeable about the people and the battle they were portraying. They were also generous with their time, explaining the artillery, equipment and details about their group. There was also a mock camp set up with other period activities to learn about.
Even though much of this was beyond my three year old daughter’s understanding, my hubby and I were excited to take her to see this. My love of history started with my parents taking me to historic places when I was little. There were many things at this event that she had never experienced before and I could see the wheels turning! That evening when we talked about our day, she could recount many things she saw, such as cannons and horses. She was also excited to look through my pictures and with those I introduced her to the names of Abraham Lincoln and General Lee. So, in my book this was a 100% successful homeschool (weekend) day! I firmly believe that seeing “living history” like this is very exciting and engaging for kids of all ages. I really hope we can catch another performance from this group again. They put on an exciting and educational show!