Fourth grade students go to Philipsburg Manor to learn about life in 1700s

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PHILIPSBURG MANOR — As fourth grade students marched onto a manor of the 1700s, they began to experience the life of a manager of a manor. The fourth graders went to four stations: milling, farm chores, wool and seeing the manor house.

At the milling station, students learned about the mill that was used on the manor and how it runs. The students got to grind some corn and see how the mill makes flour.

At the farm station, the group was put in a Dutch wheat barn. They learned what the slaves who worked in it did. The fourth graders were taught how to flail, which is getting the seeds out of wheat.

In the manor house, the teacher showed the group all over. Students were able to see where the slaves lived, the owner of the manor stayed when he was there, and the normal things such as kitchen, dining room and where Mr. Philips worked.

At the last station, the wool, each child was given some wool and two tools. The students cleaned the wool to make it ready for dying. The fourth graders didn’t dye the wool, but they got to clean it.

After all of the stations were done, the classes met at some picnic tables for lunch overlooking a lake made by the dam for the mill.

“I liked when we learned about the wool and the dying because it was fun to actually brush the wool,” said Tisya Sharma (4M).

This reporter liked flailing the wheat.