Our FIAR group took a field trip to Stagville Plantation. It is one of the largest plantations of the pre-Civil War south. There are buildings there from the late 18th century. You can read more about it here at the Stagville site
We split into an older and younger group. The younger children started out in a group talking about various jobs that the slaves held. They talked about this as they played a game of Charades.
We first walked to an enormous barn which was built entirely by the enslaved people.
Better than the conditions of many slaves, but not what anyone would want for their life. This is such a hard period of history to learn about. Its so very sad in so many ways. And sad to see the effects of slavery even so many years later.
As always, I'm thankful to be able to learn about history in a hands-on way. I think it is more real than just reading about facts in a book. I hope that through learning about history that my children will have a better understanding of the past and thus make better decisions for the future.