Two days ago, while out doing some errands with my mom, the children, she and I stopped by the Carillon Historical Park which is in a near by city to us. It’d been years since my mom and I had been there but my children had never been. Unfortunately, the antibiotic that my oldest is on for her double ear infection caused severe upset stomach so she wasn’t able to accompany us. As I’ve noted before, like in the post, Lions Tigers and Bears Oh My! or How we stay busy in the summer I note that if you have a larger sized family it is imperative you check our memberships. For the four of us it would have cost $26 dollars if my other daughter had come it would have been $31 a pass cost $50 plus we get into several other historical sites for free. I am a huge proponent of passes if you have several children and plan to use the pass and the other offerings – with this one you get 10% off in both the gift shop and Culp’s Cafe. Our lunch at the cafe was delicious, my mom and I had the Ruben with a side salad, my son had their grilled cheese and fries and my daughter had their chicken tenders and sweet potato fries.
After the education center we stepped outside to see the buildings – it was such an awesome day yesterday, temperature wise and of course, we were pretty much the only people touring as well.
The interpreter in the school was a very nice elderly man who took great fascination in talking with us, especially the children, and he seemed surprised that my children knew what McGuffey readers are, and who George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were as well as the picture of the crossing of the Delaware.
Since we were the only ones the interpreter who you could tell very much enjoyed his job guided us to the next building which was the Newcom Tavern built in 1796 by Robert Edgar for Colonel George Newcom. I won’t tell you all the history of this fascinating building but I hope to attend one of their dinners they have which has an abundance of food and drink.
So after giving us a nice tour, we moved on. We took in the replica of the Deeds Barn (if you’re from the area and not familiar with the name, do a Google search, quite fascinating) I didn’t take any pictures but we ran into another very knowledgeable man who regaled us with stories of Deeds, Patterson and other men from the area who helped shape it into a thriving city.
After lunch we stopped in the education building to see parts we hadn’t seen yet like the real Deed’s Barn (it had to be reconstructed inside due to severe deterioration) and other items such as the carousel, the train engine and more.
So after we were done there (we didn’t see everything) but the children were ready to go and it was after 4 we decided since we were less than 2 miles from Sunwatch Indian Village and can get in free with another one of our museum passes we’d stop there. The lady was surprised when we walked up at 4:15 since they closed at 5 but she was very nice and let us still tour the museum and look around outside. We’d been there before but my mom hadn’t.
So in a matter of a few hours we went back about 6,000 to 7,000 years in the past and up until the early 1900’s and it made for a great day. Can’t wait to go back with all three of my children and see even more, like the 1913 Flood museum, the Wright plane and more and maybe even another Reuben sandwich from Culp’s Cafe!
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