MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A group of Midstate students visited the Oaklands Historic House Museum for a little educational fun.
Their visit to the Murfreesboro landmark was like taking a trip back into time.
It has been years since the Maney Family worked and lived on the premises. Some of the children wore period clothing and performed chores reminiscent of the kind done in the 1800s including milking a cow.
"It's a hands-on day for kids to get out of class and come and make some memories and a great educational opportunity," said a woman affiliated with the museum.
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Sponsored by the Oaklands Museum and Wilson Bank and Trust, the program shows children a lifestyle they've only read about in books.
"The first thing you have to do is get down here, put your hand around the udder, on the teat, this is called the teat, pull, squeeze down, and it comes out," said Shea Earlywine.
She instructed a child on how to milk a cow.
"It's actually kind of easy," he said. "Seeing them up close right now, just made me want a cow."
"We're sitting in the camp of a Civil War soldier" said Richard Rust, a Civil War re-enactor. "This would be a weapon I would have used between 1861 and 1865.
He showed the students the life of a Confederate soldier.
"If I'm really good I can do this three times in a minute. I'm not that good. It takes me longer, but then again, I don't have anybody shooting at me," he said.
Among the other tasks most children of the 1800s had to know was candle dipping.
"The wax is very hot. You'll get a stick and a sting. You'll dip it the first time; get it really good and wet. Make the circle. It has to dry each time you dip it, that's why you have to make the circle," said a guide as children followed her instructions.
"It's extremely educational. When we found it, we didn't realize how much fun they would have," said an adult.
The event, which takes place again in the spring, is open to all schools and home school organizations.