Featuring Beacon School

Last month five classes from Beacon School took a step back in time with a visit to Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day as we walked from cabin to cabin learning about life in Athens County in the 1850’s. Characters in period costumes took us to visit a blacksmith and a schoolhouse. We found that students long ago learned many of the same things that we talk about in “morning meetings”. We played with some of the same toys the children used to play with during that period, helped cook lunch over an outdoor fire, took turns chopping a log to build a log cabin and turned small bowls on a potter’s wheel. We decided it was probably not much fun to go to the doctor in the 1850s! We took home candles that we dipped ourselves because there was no electricity or lights back then. After having lunch in Nelsonville we boarded our buses to return to school. We all had a great time. Thanks to everyone who helped make it a fantastic day!

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