Friendly Visit

By Joyce Ervin

School buses filled with second-graders from Paddock Elementary School pulled into the driveway on June 8 and 10 at the Friend-Hack House Museum for the annual end-of- the-year field trip.
 Many of the students, as well as museum staff and teachers, dressed in 1800s garb added a bit of realism to the bygone era visit.  Teacher, Elizabeth Miller, said they took the trip in support of their social studies curriculum.
 President of the Milan Historical Society, Anne Farmer, was there with volunteers to welcome the students.  She stayed busy during their visit teaching about the outdoor kitchen, snapping green beans, carrying eggs and wiping noses with her apron.
 Farmer said the kids really enjoy their time at the museum, and “they are so darn cute.”
They explored inside the house, as well as tromping through the outbuildings, one of which was the famous and most popular three-seater outhouse.
 Activities included removing kernels from the cob with an antique hand-turned corn shelling machine, sawing logs and checking out the bees and their hives. Other favorites were the one-room school classroom and the antique toy room found at the top of the stairs.
 Miller said, “We want to thank all the friendly volunteers who make this field trip possible for us.”
 The Friend-Hack House Museum is located 775 County Street and is open each Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for their Summer on the Porch series.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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