EDISON, NJ — Seventh grade students at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison spent a busy week in Colonial Williamsburg from Nov. 8-11, participating in a variety of activities to enhance their understanding of life in Colonial times.

After strolling through the historic stores, which line the Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg, students watched a military inspection led by fife and drums. They also went to the Governor’s Palace. A visit to the Great Hopes Plantation gave the students a glimpse into the lives of slaves on a plantation.

“I learned a lot from going to the plantation and small farms,” Shiv Tickoo of Scotch Plains said. “It was nice to see how people lived and to compare their lifestyles.”

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“Everyone believed they were living in the 1800s instead of the 21st cCntury,” Esha Nalla of Edison added. “It was really cool because the trip made the visitors feel like they were back in the 1800s.”

They also visited several traders in Williamsburg including the wig maker, shoemaker, blacksmith and cabinetmaker. Evening activities included programs covering African-American music and Colonial dance.