The Joy of Historical Buildings
Over the years, one of the most popular activities with my children has been visiting historical venues. We live in the New York area and there are plenty of historical buildings and parks to visit. Our community library used to have the kids gather at one of the historical houses to make crafts. It was a day during the summer and so much fun. One year they made an old-fashioned weather vane.
We continue to visit historical houses and building now that they are older. My son has developed an appreciation for antiques. My daughter appreciates the ornate architecture found in older homes and buildings, especially the ones in NYC. Gargoyles and faces are always subjects of discussion.
Historical homes are also interesting to walk through. Some of them are preserved for public tours while others might be on the market for sale. It would be wonderful to own a piece of history but there are strict rules that govern the preservation of these homes and buildings . Anything you add or fix must be done in accordance with these rules.
The benefit of historical houses and building is the ability to go back in time. For my kids, it brought history to life. They both enjoy social studies and history classes because this has become real to them. People can see these structures and take their own tour in time. Plus, it feels almost magical to sit in a building where one of our forefathers lounged or dined with his partners.
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