All of the students, teachers and volunteers dressed in period wear and the children rotated throughout the rooms doing period activities like, making candles, playing floor games, making corn husk dolls, bread and butter. There was an area for sewing and a schoolroom where the children experienced the rigid school environment from the "olden days".
Guess what area I chose to volunteer in? I was a hostess in the tavern. We served warm cider and cookies. After having the kids read a few speeches and tell riddles, we heard interesting facts from the period. One of my favorites was that most weddings were held in June, because most everyone took a bath in May. The bouquet of flowers carried by brides, in those days, was to camouflage body odor. When they took baths, everyone used the same tub of water. Men and boys bathed first, followed by women and babies. By the end of bath time, the water was so dirty, the expression "Don't throw out the baby with the bath water" was a common phrase.
JB ended up coming home with me mid-day because he had an upset stomach. The evening was a blur. At about 5:30, I really started to feel the burn from waking up, doing the morning routine, volunteering, doing the evening routine, prepping dinner…..At 7:30, I took 2 Benadryl and took my sore throat and sore feet to bed!