EDISON, NJ -- Seventh grade students spent four busy days learning about life in Colonial times during the annual class trip to Williamsburg, VA. Accompanied by chaperones Corinna Crafton, Mike Howell, Ian McElroy, Alice Zhao and Erika Jacob, the seventh graders enjoyed a variety of interesting experiences.

After strolling through the historic stores, which line the Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg, students saw the fife and drums. They visited the Governor’s Palace and several traders in Williamsburg including the wig maker, shoemaker, blacksmith, cabinet maker, silversmith, carpenter, tinsmith, papermaker, loom clothing and rug maker. The students also visited the Williamsburg jail where they learned about the criminal justice system.

The group also visited the Rudolph House and learned how the wealthiest citizens lived then visited scullery, laundry, and living quarters for indentured servants and slaves. The comparison was stark and revealed a great deal about the disparity between the lives of the very few wealthy citizens and everyone else.

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Evening programs included one night of African American dance. The other two nights featured a witch trial re-enactment at the court house and Shadows of the Past storytelling. 

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located at 1295 Inman Ave. in North Edison, near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.