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Not Back To School 2014: Mystic Seaport

Every year I plan something special for our not-back-to-school day.  One year we went to the Museum of Natural History in New York.  Last year we went to the Science Center in Hartford.  This year since we were had to travel to the northern part of Connecticut, near the Rhode Island boarder to pick out our puppy, I decided to plan a visit to Mystic Seaport to have our official start to the year begin with some hands on history.  

Mystic Seaport is full of original restored buildings and artifacts from the 1800s that depict life in coastal Connecticut.  Mystic was known for its participation in the whaling industry and several boat makers called it home.  This was the girls first visit and we were wondering why we have never taken the time to visit before.  It’s beautiful and we want to return again at Christmas to take part in the period celebrations of the holiday.

My favorite part of the day was admiring the mast heads.


*Another overlap of learning happened when we least expected it.  We listened to Jim Weiss' Women in Blue or Gray: True Stories from Both Sides of the American Civil War.  I grabbed this cd on our way out the door because we did not have an audiobook to listen to.  The stories on the cd pertained to women who dedicated their lives to making a difference in the war and many were involved in the suffrage movement.  Who do you think the first mast head was of?  A woman involved in the suffrage movement.  You just can't plan for this.....

I think Grace’s favorite part of the afternoon was the horse and carriage tour.

Lilah liked the village and touring the houses, chapel, schoolhouse and stores.

We ended our day at Lennie and Joe’s in Madison.  

We are looking forward to the 2014-2015 year.  7th and 9th grade will be an adventure for us all!


  1. awww. I grew up in Rhode Island. My children have been to Mystic but I have not. I would love to go one day. I had not idea they had so many neat things to see beside the aquarium.

  2. The opportunities you have are just amazing. Keilee would love this so much. This place looks awesome Jess. I love all the memories your girls will have for their Non Back To School Days!


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