Thursday, November 6, 2008

Montpelier: The General Henry Knox Museum (Monday 9/8/08)

Montpelier: The General Henry Knox Museum (Monday 9/8/08)

I arranged for a homeschool tour of Montpelier, The General Henry Knox Museum on Monday 9/8/08. Jim had the week off and so he came too. We had a lovely day and most people brought picnic lunches with them as we were allowed to use the large lawn area in back of the museum afterwards.

The kids split up into two groups, one for the older kids and one for the younger kids. I went with Katie and Li and Makana went with Jim. We all enjoyed learning about the Knox's family and the history associated with the time period and building.

Some background information: The museum building is a replica of the original home of Major General Henry Knox, a Reveloutionary War hero and General George Washington's right-hand man. A letter signed by George Washington to Henry Knox is in the museum. Mr. Knox was appointed by President Washington to be the nation's first secretary of war. He commissioned the building of the frigate USS Constitution which is currently moored in Boston Harbor, and initiated plans for the building of the Army and Navy academies at West Point and Annapolis.

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