The view from atop Bunker Hill was incredible. Our American history family travel journey had taken us to this important spot in our country’s history, and I could just imagine what it must have felt like for the Patriot soldiers many, many years ago, fighting for independence against the British.
There are so many historical cities here on the East Coast, dating back to the 1600’s. We’ve enjoyed the American history family travel aspect of this trip, and have learned so much about our country.
After leaving Philadelphia, we headed to Boston, Massachusetts, to visit the city of Salem and walk the Freedom Trail around downtown Boston. After a few days in Boston, we backtracked to Newport, Rhode Island before heading to New York City, New York.
In all of these cities, we’ve made a point to visit some American history family travel points of interest. It was a good chance for our kids to learn about the lessons of our country’s past.
In Salem, the kids learned how fear can lead a community to do unspeakable harm to their own. The Salem witch trials turned neighbors against neighbors, spouses against each other, targeting those who were different or who spoke out against the group mentality. We can see parallels even in today’s society.
In Boston, our American history family travel journey took us back in time to the American Revolution. At Faneuil Market, we saw a printing press demonstration, and the kids learned how important documents like the Declaration of Independence were printed for distribution during the time of the Revolution.
While in Newport, Rhode Island, the kids caught a glimpse of what life was like for the wealthy in the 1800’s. Touring The Breakers, a summer mansion owned by the famous Vanderbilt family, showed us how frivolous and extravagant the Victorian era was for the extremely rich.
And in New York City, we satisfied our “Hamilton” obsession by visiting Hamilton Grange in Harlem. This was the home of Alexander Hamilton in the few years preceding his death, and our kids were excited to see a glimpse of what his life was really like.
These American history family travel experiences have truly been so unique and memorable. I know the kids won’t remember every single detail of what they’ve seen this week, and in the three months that we’ve been on the road, but I’m convinced that we have been planting some kernels of historical knowledge into their brains.
What kinds of American history family travel have you done with you kids? What were your favorite historical places?
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