An overcast kind of day today... but somehow fitting for our plans.
Today we headed out to a nearby orchard. I know, an orchard may not be THAT big of a deal... but we've been looking forward to going to THIS orchard since we began researching places to go on our trip months ago.
Why? Well, because this orchard just happens to have played a part in the Underground Railroad.
We went to view the orchard and grounds.
We had hoped to do some picking, but with lack of rain this year there wasn't much ready to be picked.
But that was ok with us, we still had lots of fun!
There were a few different animals there to entertain. The rooster crowed a few times and the kids were tickled. Braeden cupped his hands over this mouth and squealed, "I've never seen that in person, only on tv!" So cute!
Then we headed inside to learn about the Underground Railroad and the part that this farm played in the transportation of slaves to freedom.
We saw an underground room that, while not necessarily built for the railroad, was most likely used to help hide slaves if anyone came nearby.
The barn had the original cobblestone floor from 1850 and Olivia and Braeden thought it was so special that Harriet Tubman could've walked these same paths.
The room itself is blocked off, but we looked down into it and imagined what it would have been like to have had to hide away in there for a while.
The Underground Railroad... ordinary people doing extraordinary things. I can only hope that if I had been around then, that I would have made those same choices.
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