A Soldiers Life Field Trip
"A Soldier's Life" is an interactive, curriculum-based, program that invites students to explore the lives and sacrifices of the Continental Army soldiers that fought for American Independence--especially during the 1779-1780 winter encampment at Morristown. The students also consider the impact of the encampment on neighboring civilians, whose lives were changed by the presence of the army for six months--for example, timber cut down by the troops, for shelter and firewood, and renting rooms to officers.
Please note that all available programs for the 2017-18 school year are already reserved. For further information, contact Park Ranger/Education Specialist Thomas Winslow at e-mail us
Students begin their visit in the Jockey Hollow Visitors Center for an introduction to the program. After the introduction, the group is divided in half unless the class size totals twenty-five students or less. Fifty (50) is the maximum number of students per program. Both groups will participate in both components, switching location halfway through the program--one group moving to the 18th century farm house and the other remaining in the visitors center.
The students in the Visitors Center examine traditional soldiers personal equipment, discovering each object's function and decide whick of the objects would be most important to a soldier, and then reporting their findings to the entire class. Students will enter a reproduction hut and envision themselves spending the winter there.
The students in the Wick House, also in small groups, will examine the rooms where the officers stayed, where the family stayed and the area shared for meal preparation and other domestic chores. The student visit the rooms of the home and through examination of the objects in them are asked to determine which rooms were lived in by the officers and which were retained by the Wick family. The ranger then askes the group to consider the advantages and disadvantages of having a general and his staff share ones home, as well the the army camping on their property--considering the sacrifices made by civilians such as the Wicks for the cause of American Independence.
If the teacher has an additional twenty (20) minutes after the program, and wishes the students to participate in a soldier's drill ( a "training exercise' with the students utilizing wooden "muskets") she/he needs to discuss this with the ranger. Please advise the Park Ranger upon your arrival and remember to inform your transportation that the program will last a minimum of two hours.
- Colonial History, History, Revolutionary War, Social Studies
- National/State Standards:
- New Jersey Core Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL4.4, SL.5.4, SL.6.4; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1, RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.8, RH.6-8.9. United States History Content Standards 5-12: Era 3- 2C, 3.
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