Ole Ben Gun
06 May 2009 | St Augustine
As we have traveled to various ports we try and seek out historical places we can take the kids for field trips. St Augustine is a great place for taking walks between the Old Spanish and English buildings down by the waterfront. Ben is seen here by an old mortar on the Castillo de San Marco. The fort has seen Spanish, British and American conflicts over the years and the park service does an excellent job of keeping it in good condition. There are numerous volunteer groups that come and fire the cannon for the tourists. The kids had the chance to watch closely the priming and firing of eighteenth century cannon. Ben is confident he could load and fire the gun if given the opportunity. This summer we are planning to spend a day in Gettysburg PA watching the reenactment of Pickets charge of Civil war acclaim. These hands on activities have proven to be an excellent way to anchor the lessons we do in home school history.