SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. -- Seventh-grade students at Valhalla Middle School were transported back to the Colonial Era on their recent visit to Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow.
To further enrich their unit on Colonial America, the social studies classes visited the historic house and estate based in Sleepy Hollow. The trip’s main goal was for the students to learn how people lived in New York and in Westchester County during the 17th and 18th Centuries.
“This was a great way to tie in what we are learning in class,” said Valhalla Middle School social studies teacher Nori Lustig. “The kids had a good time. They really enjoyed it.”
The annual trip showed students the typical American life during that time period. They saw how butter was churned and how cabinets and silverware were made. They also learned how sheep were shorn to make clothes from wool and yarn. The trip also debunked the myth that slavery only existed in the southern part of America. The students learned that landowners had slaves in Westchester County during the Colonial period.