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Lucy goes to historic st. mary’s city

My fourth grade trip to St. Mary’s City was my first long field trip; and the first time I got to bring a digital camera to school. There were many places to go, things to do, and people in funny clothes. People were dressed like they were in the 1700s (and believe me, it looked totally ridiculous).




First, we went to a building made to represent a store.  A girl in my class volunteered to be the person to pretend to buy something. 


Then we went to a workshop, and a boy in my class had to slice a log that would have been used in a fireplace.


Then we went to see some things archaeologists had dug up from the ground. There were pieces of pots and other things, and there was also something from a printer (I forgot what it’s called, but here’s a picture of me looking at it).


Next we went to the print shop, where I saw how things were printed.

We went to an inn, where I watched some boys from my class all try to fit on a little bed.

Then I went on a replica of the “Dove,” a ship that carried mostly food and water to Maryland from England. I saw where the captain and mates slept. I also learned how the anchors were pulled up.


Here is a picture of the Dove from the outside, and a picture of a bed on the inside. I touched it and it felt very hard.

I also learned about the navigation of the ship. I learned about how to work the compass, and about the thingy that shows how fast you’re going. (I can’t remember what it’s called.)


I learned from this person in funny clothes: “Navigation is art of not getting lost.”

Then I learned about the life of the Yaocomaco Indians.


First I went into a replica of one of their houses (called a “witchott”) and took a lot of pictures.

Text Box: Then I learned about the  Yaocomaco’s gardens.

They’re called “three sisters gardens” because they planted corn, beans, and gourds.

This is a Yaocomaco watch-hut, where someone would sit, and if animals went in the garden, they would throw rocks at the animal to scare it away.

I learned how they worked together, and it was really cool how they didn’t have to weed, because the gourds provided oil that somehow prevented the weeds from growing. And I was able to compare it a non-Yaocomaco garden. (The Yaocomaco garden worked better because all the plants worked together.)

I saw how they made a canoe. I thought it was interesting how they used an oyster shell to scoop out the inside of the log.

I learned about one of the men’s jobs: fishing. I can’t find any pictures of it, but I learned how they caught a giant fish called a sturgeon. There was a big net, and if a fish swam in, it couldn’t swim backwards to get out, and there wasn’t room for the fish to turn around.


One of the women’s jobs was to make clothing. First I learned how they made clothes out of deer skin. When they killed the deer, they rubbed the brain on the skin to keep it soft. They wore deer skin during the summer, but during the winter they wore giant animal hides.

I learned about indentured servants, who had come to Maryland to live. They had to work for four years and then they would be awarded three barrels of corn, a new set of clothes, 50 acres of land, an axe, two hoes, and I think there might be more, but that’s all I can remember. But I learned that people under the age of 16 had to work until they were 21.


Sometimes indentured servants had to hang tobacco, and I learned how they did that.


I did a few other little things, but there isn’t room for them.


In conclusion, it was really fun, and I liked to learn all these things.