A Day of Debate and Old-Fashioned Cooking

Trip Start May 01, 2010
Trip End May 07, 2010

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Sturbridge Village is a replica of the original town of Sturbridge set in the 1800s.   As we walked along the roads, we saw many shops and businesses.  Every time we walked into villager's store, we asked them whether they would like to continue the vendue system or start a poor farm.  The vendue system auctioned off paupers to people who would care for them.  A poor farm is a place where all the paupers could live and work together on the farm.  We collected opinions so we could go to a town hall meeting to debate this situation after lunch.   --Poppy, Grace and Kate

 Acting as if we were debating issues as Sturbridge villagers, we discussed how the cost of each system would affect us as farmers.  We debated for an hour.  In the end, the majority voted for the vendue system (although I was for the poor farm).  The moderator told us the actual people of Sturbridge voted for the poor farm, which ended up being a better choice, and they used it for a while.  --Colin and Nico

We visited a shoemaker's workshop where the cobbler showed us what shoes looked like and how they were made in the 1800s.  It took him a whole day to make four pairs of shoes.  The shoes were made of leather.  Surprisingly, local families made the leather and sold it to the cobbler.  It was really interesting.  --Lauren

I was amazed by the schoolhouse and the pottery barn.  I liked the school because the teaching techniques are very different from today.  I loved the pottery barn because it took the man two minutes to make a mug that was amazing!   --Natasha

Today I got to see a black pig for the first time.  There were two pigs, a baby and its mama.  I pet the pigs for a while, and while I was petting the baby pig, he put his snout on me and it tickled.  I love pigs!!  ---Delaney

We made dinner at Sturbridge and made butter.  We started with a jug of buttermilk and had to mush and mix the milk into butter.  It took about 25 minutes.  I had a lot of fun making and eating dinner.  ---Liana

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Jennifer, Dylan & Dakota on

Hi Nico! Dakota has been logging on to the blog all day to see what you guys did today. So cool that you know a different way to make butter now. And Dylan wants to know if you packed more than one shirt! Ha ha:) We've started the countdown for your return. Lots of love from home!

Luisa Hyatt on

Sounds and looks like a GREAT day. You are all experiencing the school field trips I took when I was growing up in Connecticut - so amazing. I still have memories of my class trip to Sturbridge village - so enjoyed reading your blogs.
Glad you all enjoyed the cupcakes. I hope they were delicious and a nice end of the day treat.
Thanks Carrie for spending the time posting the students' words and the photos. Miss you, Alea

Quynh Nguyen on

Still waiting to hear from Chi. What was the most fun part of your day, besides the chocolate cupcake? Did you pet the Vietnamese black pigs and speak Vietnamese to them?
You can make your own butter (but not eat the whole jug-full at one time!) when you come home now,
Hope you'll get to see a good game tomorrow.
Much Love from home!
Me, Bo and anh Si

Allison on

Hi to Nico! We are enjoying seeing and reading about what you have been up to. It looks like everyone is having a great time and learning a lot. Just what you needed, more debating skills! - See you this weekend! - Aunt Allison

Spencer Smith on

Summer- good luck getting your dog back- she's mine now! And mom's using your computer!
Just kidding. See you in a couple days.

Danny on

The trip sounds fantastic! Danica, I love how you gravitated to the baby chicks. I would not be surprised if one was hiding in your suitcase when you get home. So glad you all are having fun. Love the blog and the insight into your days. See you soon. Sending lots of love from home...

Teresa on

Hi Heather,
It looks like you're having fun! The cupcakes look yummy. It looks like it is warmer there than we thought it would be. Hurry home.

Jackie T. on

Enjoy your Thursday activities and have fun at the Red Sox Game! See you all tomorrow! :-)

Diana and Blaine, Sr. on

Hi, Logan...sure looks like you have all had such a great time in wonderful Boston!! We're excited to hear about the whole week -- and hope the Red Sox/Yankee game today is filled with "great hits" and "awesome catches"!!!
Miss you and look forward to seeing you tomorrow. Love, Grandma and Grandpa

Blaine Taylor on

What a fantastic way to wind up your already amazing trip. I hope it was a great game today.
Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow, Logan!

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