Hanna is studying US History this school year and the next. Since South Carolina plays a pretty large part in the Civil War era of US History, it’s only fitting that we take some historical field trips when we can. She just got to the time of slavery in her history books. I gave her several places to choose from and she chose Boone Hall hands-down.
The house and grounds were beautiful. One fun fact about Boone…a bit of the filming of Gone With the Wind was done there. We had a lot of fun walking around, the kids found large, old live oaks to climb, we had a nice picnic lunch—it was a fun day. The best part of the plantation as far as education goes were the slave houses. Each house contained artifacts, videos and/or a recorded presentation about the plantation, slavery and South Carolina’s role in the civil war from pre-Civil War to modern day. This self-guided tour through the eight slave cabins was called Black History in America. I learned a whole lot from it! It was a wonderful presentation. Hanna and Joe were interested in it and the little boys hung in there too. It was an eye opener for Joe who didn’t even know what slavery was until this day. I plan to row a FIAR selection soon about slavery to add-on to what we learned at Boone Hall. We explored the grounds quite a bit. We had a wonderful day together and we learned a whole lot!