Monday, September 19, 2011

Fort Pulaski

We have completed a number of field trips with our home school group that involved visiting an old fort.  They've always been a wonderful experience and I've never regretted using our school time in this way.  If you visit a national park the Jr Ranger program is a great way to learn about the site.

When we go as a group we get personal tours and I've yet to meet a ranger who didn't enjoy his job and as a result the trip is delightful.  Most recently, we visited Fort Pulaski.  This is the only fort I know of, in this area, that is surrounded by a moat.

I am sure the alligators appreciate it.

If you were a soldier stationed here, and you needed to use the bathroom you could use the smaller trap door.  Of course you would then need to traverse the draw bridge over the moat.  I bet more than one man took an unexpected dip while trying to go to the john in the middle of the night.  What do you think?  By the way, this door is original and was built in the late 1700s.

This inner door may be damaged, but I still think they got their money's worth.

When the north fought for control of the fort during the civil war, the brick wall in front of the canon endured some damage.

The weather was beautiful on our trip and it was hard to imagine the fighting that had taken place here during the Civil War, or what it was like to starve to death here as a POW.

Our ranger showed us how this pulley system would assist in raising the canons to the edge of the fort.  What a science lesson!

Big brother had a moment of compassion and helped his little sister to complete her booklet so she could receive her Jr. Ranger badge.

And what trip is complete without a visit to the gift shop?

They sure are fat and happy Confederate Soldiers!

When the day was done I was beat...but I am always glad we went.

This post linked here - Let's Hit the Road.


Theresa said...

Great photos! I LOVE historic sites. I try to imagine what it would have been like to have lived/worked there.

We did the Jr. Ranger program last year at Jockey Hollow..I thought it was great!

MissMOE said...

Looks like a great field trip. It's always wonderful to see that compassion pop out!

The Adventurer said...

Looks like a fabulous place to visit. When we return to the states will add it to my list of places to visit:) Thanks for linking up to the Field trip hop:)

Donetta said...

I love the pictures!! It looks like a great field trip! :)

Savannah McQueen said...

@ Theresa - I do the same thing. I found that while the ranger was explaining different facts about the fort, my mind was wandering off to try and imagine things 100 years before.

@Miss Moe - Oh yes I live for the compassion! We've seen plenty of petty flights...this made up for it.

@the Adventurer - Thanks for hosting the field trip hop.

@Donetta - It truly was and the weather was perfect.

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