The Historic Triangle in Virginia is one of the most important places in American history. I have already reviewed two of the three sites in the Triangle (Yorktown and Jamestown) and today I am reviewing the last site in the triangle, Colonial Williamsburg. There is enough to see and do in Colonial Williamsburg to justify spending several days there. It is a great place to bring the whole family to learn about life in America during colonial times. From seeing a fife and drum marching band to playing colonial games, your kids will have a fun time in the place “where history never gets old!”
At the start of a new year, we often like to read about inspiring places. One of the most inspirational and peaceful historical sites that I have visited is Clonmacnoise, an early Christian site in Ireland dating back to the 6th century. I first visited the site as a college student on a study abroad program and I remembered its beautiful crosses and mystical feeling. While planning our family trip to Ireland in 2019, I wanted to revisit Clonmacnoise but wasn’t sure if it would be kid-friendly. I was happily surprised that my children enjoyed our visit to the site and were fascinated by its storied history. Read my new review today and learn why this site is a must-see during any trip to Ireland.
2020 is The History Mom’s Year of Historical Reading. Read my new blog post and follow along with me on this journey!
Many families are planning ski trips for the new year, taking advantage of the winter weather in January and February. If you are planning a trip like this, I encourage you to look at the museums and historical societies at your ski destination to take in some history on a break from the slopes. Many destinations have small but educational museums that help your children understand the history of the area, from Native Americans to the pioneers. This summer, we visited a popular skiing destination, Jackson Hole, WY, and discovered the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, which is a great place to explore the region’s history. Read my new review today!
As 2019 draws to a close, we are ending the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the first legislative representative assembly in the New World. This legislative body, Virginia’s General Assembly, began in 1619 in Jamestown and now meets at the Virginia Capitol in Richmond. The Capitol is a wonderful place to take your kids to learn about history, government, and the very beginnings of our country. Read my new review today to help you plan your visit!
A fun, interactive museum to visit while in Dublin is Dublinia, where your kids can experience what life was like on the Emerald Isle during Viking and Medieval times. From walking down a Viking street to participating in a Medieval fair’s games, this museum immerses kids and adults in Dublin’s past. It’s a must-see attraction for families visiting Dublin!
One of the most important places to visit on any trip to Washington, DC is the National Archives Museum. Nothing compares to seeing the actual Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights up close. It is amazing to think of the men who signed these very documents and the revolution that they were starting and the government that they were creating. They had no idea how it would turn out, and I think they would be impressed that over 200 years later, these documents are still revered and venerated. Read my new review on why you should take your kids to this important museum while visiting Washington, DC.