Springfield Brings History Alive for its Fourth Graders

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The weather held out for the start of its annual Springfield History tours for fourth graders put on by the Springfield Historical Society ( 

This one was for those from James Caldwell Elementary School.  It started at the Daughters of the American Revolution Cemetery.  The cemetery was recently cleaned up with the help of Springfield Department of Public Works, which removed a large dead tree.  That made this historic cemetery bright and beautiful with no overhanging tree branches to block the sun.

At the cemetery, students learned about some of the founders of Springfield and some of the original settlers in the area.  At the time it was still Elizabethtown.  Eventually, Springfield became its own sovereign township.

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At the Cannonball House the students learned about some of the everyday life in Colonial America such as spinning thread for clothes; the methods used for preparing and cooking food; and what was done for leisure.  They also had the chance to use a vintage stereoscope. On the second floor the students learned about the Continental Army, the Minutemen.  Specifically, they learned about their cause and how they fought.  The students saw several classic weapons on display including muskets and swords.  They also learned why the house is called the Cannonball House.

The students then went to the church where they were shown a map of the Battle of Springfield and why it was a very important battle.  They were told the battle helped push the war toward the south and away from the north.  The map was used to show how 1,500 soldiers of the Continental Army were able to overtake the 6,000 British troops to win the “forgotten victory”. 

The students were welcomed back for the open house at the Cannonball House to learn more.  As one of the speakers put it, “Every time you come here there is more and more to learn.” 

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