Students Draw Inspiration from Historic Site Visits


Monday, 11/17/2014 4:11pm

Ten-year-old Zena can draw an impressive pencil rendition of Sunnyside.

Apparently Washington Irving’s Tarrytown home left as indelible an impression on this fifth-grader as her handmade thank you card did on its Historic Hudson Valley staff recipients.

“It was the best field trip I’ve ever been on,” Zena gushed, describing how Washington Irving’s “cottage” struck her as both “big” and “cozy” — the kind of place she’d like to live in, save for that chamber pot.

Her classmate Carly was particularly fascinated by a hand-crafted piece hanging in the niece’s bedroom — a sweet, three-dimensional needlework of children with sheep.

Down the road in Sleepy Hollow, these Lincoln Roosevelt School students got to experience some of the realities of life on the 18th century provisioning plantation of Philipsburg Manor.

Zena relished the chance to help with thrashing wheat and and running the mill, getting a hands-on, all-immersive sensory experience. “It was a great way to have fun and learn at the same time,” she wrote.

Of course, visiting the region known as Sleepy Hollow Country during the height of Halloween season means the Headless Horseman will inevitably figure prominently. Irving’s infamous anti-hero loomed large in the student’s art as well, with many of their cards showcasing the dark legend.

Thousands of students arrive by the busload throughout the school year to take part in Historic Hudson Valley’s curriculum-based education programs.

For this we here at HHV have our own thank you cards to write: we are enormously grateful to the First Niagara Foundation, which generously supports the educational bedrock of our mission.