MONARCH — Sometimes the very best trips are those that we take in our own backyard. Monarch Elementary School’s third graders discovered this recently, as they enjoyed a wonderful field trip to Rose Hill Plantation located right here in Union County. Thanks to a Target Field Trip Grant, all costs associated with the trip were covered.
Visiting Rose Hill Plantation and being immersed in its history helped the students understand what life was like in the 1800s.
When the students arrived at Rose Hill, they were divided into three groups. The groups rotated to three areas of the plantation: a tour of the house, a tour of the kitchen behind the house, and to a nearby field.
While touring the house, they not only saw furniture and artwork from the Civil War Era, they also learned many interesting facts about the Gist family and the roles they played during the Civil War. For example, students learned that Gov. Gist, as a representative of Union County, signed the Order of Secession.
While touring the kitchen, students discovered how different it was preparing a meal in the 1860s compared to now. Students were amazed to learn that children were in charge of carrying water from the river to the house, and that they wore a yoke around their shoulders to make the chore easier.
In the field behind the kitchen, students enjoyed playing the same games that children played in the 1800s. They rolled hoops, tossed rings, and enjoyed playing outside.
Teachers, students, and chaperones had a wonderful time at Rose Hill Plantation discovering facts about life during the 1800s.