Wow! What a great summer it’s been! I’m wrapping up my summer history field trips with two local sites with very similar names – Fort D and Fort Davidson. Turns out there’s a lot of history all across our country, most of it tucked away in places you might not imagine. I started using Trip Advisor to find some of these out-of-the-way places, as well as leave a review and some photos.
Fast Field Trip
First stop – Fort D Historic Site in downtown Cape Girardeau! This fast little field trip kept me right in my own backyard, but it’s kinda exciting to know that these little historical treasures are so handy. The fort was originally one of four (named quite simply Forts A, B, C, and D), which formed a loose perimeter of defense around the town. General Grant (yes, the Civil War hero and future president) temporarily was it’s commander before moving on to another outpost. It’s a small site, but well-maintained and it hosts a few re-enactments during the summer months. I’m planning to attend their Fall Muster on Labor Day!
The Battle of Pilot Knob
My final stop took me to the Fort Davidson State Historical Site near Ironton, Missouri. I’m very glad this was not the first stop of my summer field trip series…otherwise I might have given up on the idea altogether! To say that our visit was disappointing is the nicest thing I can say about it. I didn’t even take any pictures! The staff weren’t very welcoming, and didn’t seem all that interested in helping us learn about the site. The exhibits were nicely done, but the outdoor markers are in a field. Wear your tennis shoes (not your good pair!) if you decide to check it out. We stayed for about 30 minutes before making the drive home. One the plus side, the weather was beautiful and the scenery was lovely.
I’m already planning my field trips for next July…there’s a lot of great places to visit in my home state of Missouri, and I plan to visit as many of them as I can. For now, however, it’s time to start getting my classroom ready for a new group of 4th graders. Can’t wait to show them my souvenirs from this summer’s field trips! 🙂