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Comparing New & Old

Updated: Tuesday, October 15 2013, 04:19 PM EDT
First graders get the opportunity to travel back in time during a field trip to the Vance Birthplace near Weaverville.  As part of the state's common core curriculum students must compare old and new, so the historic site is the perfect place to visit.

Miss Tammy is showing students how to operate a loom.  The children learn that this is how people used to weave carpets and rugs for their homes.

They get to see a smokehouse where meat was stored in the winter.

The buildings and furnishings on display are representative of the period from 1790 to 1840.  There was no electricity, no running water, no cars..not even a Walmart.

The Jones Elementary School students learn how people back then used to shuck the corn and store it in a corn cribb so it could be used to feed the livestock during the winter.

They get to check out a number of tools in the shed which was something many of the children were interested in, saying they might build their own house one day!Comparing New & Old

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