Paddock second graders visit the historical Hack House

By Joyce Ervin

Six second-grade classes from Paddock Elementary School visited the Friend-Hack House Museum on County St. to see how people lived and worked in the 1800s. The field trip, part of the student’s social studies curriculum, was
held over a two-day period to accommodate the
150 school children that attended.
Historical Society president, Anne Farmer, said 23 volunteer society members, 12 of which were retired teachers, manned the stations the small groups of children visited. Touring various rooms inside the stick-built 1880s house was followed with visiting four outside stations.
Farmer said they learned what farm life was like by shelling corn with a hand-sheller, pumping water for the livestock and learned how washing was done with a galvanized tub and a washboard. They were shown the wood stove that was used for canning vegetables and viewed the ‘bee room’ learning the lifecycle of honey bees and how they are being threatened by the use of pesticides.
Another hit on the tour was the 1938 Ford fire truck that is housed in the new Fire Truck Museum. Youngsters engaged in a bucket brigade a lesson in firefighting.
After about eight minutes at each station, the farm dinner bell was rung and students moved to another station. Many of the volunteers were dressed in 1800s apparel making the whole adventure more realistic.
Farmer said, this event is a wonderful learning opportunity and fits beautifully with the Milan Area Historical Society’s Mission Statement of “preserving the past for future generations.”

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

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