We were so blessed to have a family vacation on Saint Simons Island in Georgia a couple of weeks ago. With the new baby this year and the time already taken off from school, I had decided that we would take school with us to the beach. I didn’t bring everything. I left the math and language arts behind. We brought our Apologia Ocean science book with us and planned on doing some fieldtrips and hands on exploration while on the island.

We’ve been to Fort Frederica in the past… but Big Brother was only a couple of years old the last time we went. This time was great because we’ve been studying American history all year and this Fort gives a great picture of life in early America… when the British were still in charge.

Another blessing… it happened to be National Park Week… so… we got into the fort for FREE!!!

Fort Frederica is actually what is left of a small town that was built near and around the fort. The park is great for the kids… LOTS of open spaces for running and opportunities to follow the old city streets and learn about life in that time. Stations were set up down the main street with information and artifacts. They told the story of General Oglethorpe and those who lived in the towns.

We were surprised at how small the houses were in that time. The perimeter of the house was no bigger than our living room (and that’s not very big).  This picture shows the foundation of two houses that shared a common wall.

And then there was what was left of the fort itself. We saw cannons and learned about the strategies used to  defend the town and people living there.

The kids’ favorite thing at the fort were the giant climbing trees. If it can be climbed, my children will climb it.

So, if you have occasion to be in south Georgia and are looking for a way to spend your morning (or afternoon), consider swinging by Fort Frederica!

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