Over 900 visitors enjoyed the beautiful weather on Thursday, May 13th, while participating in Valley Forge National Historical Park's biannual "Home School Day."
About 600 home-schooled students and family members, as well as students and teachers from traditional schools, interacted with park rangers and volunteers who facilitated numerous living history activities at historic sites in the park. Students and families learned hands-on about what it was like to be a Continental soldier or camp follower as they built defensive fortifications, drilled, fired “muskets,” practiced primitive medicine, cooked camp fare, played with 18th century toys and games, sewed, and wove.
The park began "Home School Day" two years ago as a deliberate, organized way to better serve smaller groups – particularly families – that could not take part in the other education programs the park offers. Attendance has steadily increased for each biannual session.