If Pouches' experience at History Camp is any indication, your son or daughter will enjoy joining Washington Heritage Museums and the George Washington Foundation for History Camp in Fredericksburg. The week-long day camp will be held June 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day.
Young historians discover American history with hands-on experiences as they walk in the footsteps where the history of Fredericksburg, and a budding America, was created. The camp complements the history taught in classrooms with activities such as soap making, code breaking, colonial crafts, penmanship and much more.
While this year’s exciting program is still being planned, past activities have included participation in a costumed play-and-learning about leeches and 18th century medicine at the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, sending messages in code, quilling (a curled paper craft), and making syllabub at the Mary Washington House. For those who have not tried syllabub, it is a truly delicious, refreshing, creamy treat.
At the Rising Sun Tavern, campers learn about class and gender roles in the late 1700s while taking part in wood crafts, simple sewing activities, and washing clothes in wooden tubs and drying them on the line as was done during the colonial period.
At Kenmore and Ferry Farm, campers play outdoor games, participate in musters, learn about colonial food, music and manners. They are also taught about sea travel, navigation, dancing, and more.
The camp’s activities are designed to delight both boys and girls, and is intended for children 8-12 years of age. The week culminates with a camp-wide family picnic at Ferry Farm on Friday afternoon. This year’s campers will be the first to enjoy the picnic in the shadow of the newly reconstructed home of Mary and Augustine Washington, where a young George Washington would have learned to work and play.
Participants wear a t-shirt and a mob cap or tricorn hat provided by the camp. Each day campers travel to a different location, so that by the end of the week they have visited the Mary Washington House, Kenmore, Rising Sun Tavern, Ferry Farm and the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop.
Campers take home their crafts, which have often included their very own stuffed leech!
Early registration is encouraged as the camp can fill up quickly.