Surry Elementary School Letter of Recommendation for Bacon's Castle
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Surry Elementary School Letter of Recommendation for Bacon's Castle Surry Elementary School Letter of Recommendation for Bacon's Castle Document Transcript

  • October  25,  2012  To  Whom  it  May  Concern:    The  fourth  grade  students  of  Surry  County  Public  Schools  had  an  outstanding  experience  on  the  field  trip  they  attended  last  spring  to  Bacon’s  Castle.      The  students  visited  several  areas  of  the  property,  indoors  and  out.    One  of  the  first  stops  on  the  tour  was  of  the  Allen  family’s  17th  century  garden.    The  students  were  delighted  to  examine  the  wide  array  of  vegetables  and  plants  that  were  growing  or  beginning  to  grow  in  the  garden.    The  tour  guide  even  allowed  them  to  pinch  off  pieces  of  various  herbs  in  order  to  smell  them.  They  were  most  fascinated  with  this  activity.    Next,  they  moved  onto  the  main  house  where  they  learned  about  the  history  of  the  house  itself  and  its  previous  owners.    The  students  and  faculty  had  the  opportunity  to  see  parts  of  the  house  being  renovated.    It  was  interesting  to  see  the  different  decorative  styles  of  the  previous  owners  as  well  as  how  it  was  modernized.    Finally,  the  students  migrated  outside  to  view  the  grounds  behind  the  main  house.    They  were  eager  to  see  the  slave  quarters  and  venture  inside  to  see  how  enslaved  African  Americans  lived  during  this  time.        Even  though  the  weather  was  not  the  best  that  day,  both  students  and  faculty  learned  an  incredible  amount  about  the  history  and  heritage  of  Bacon’s  Castle,  a  place  where  many  of  them  and  their  families  have  never  visited.    The  staff  at  Bacon’s  Castle  were  passionate  and  a  pleasure  to  work  with.    They  interacted  beautifully  with  the  students  and  answered  their  questions  to  the  best  of  their  ability.    Even  more  importantly,  the  students  were  able  to  incorporate  the  knowledge  they  learned  on  the  field  trip  with  the  Virginia  Studies  objectives  they  have  been  learning  throughout  the  year.    This  experience  was  a  great  opportunity  for  review  as  well  as  an  extension  to  our  curriculum.    I  highly  recommend  this  experience  to  any  educator  who  wants  to  provide  their  students  with  a  hands-­‐on  experience  of  what  life  was  like  in  the  17th  and  18th  century  in  Surry  County.    My  parents,  who  currently  reside  in  New  York,  visited  Bacon’s  Castle  this  summer  with  my  seven  year  old  son  and  they  were  very  impressed  with  the  tour.    They  were  amazed  at  the  amount  of  rich  history  that  is  here  in  Surry  County  at  Bacon’s  Castle.    Anyone  who  visits  will  not  be  disappointed!    Sincerely,    Jennifer  S.  Conner  Fourth  Grade  Team  leader  Surry  Elementary  School