Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. This popular phrase, first spoken by George Santayana, has also been rephrased as “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” It’s usually in reference to something bad. Fortunately, there are plenty of GOOD things about history – like old homes and buildings that have intriguing histories that can help us, and our children or grandchildren, learn more about days long gone.
Most towns have a good selection of old historic homes and buildings. Some cities are blessed with a wealth of historic buildings that we can visit – what a treat!
My grandchildren and I thoroughly enjoyed a guided tour through a Williamsburg blacksmith shop a few years ago, along with the opportunity to hear Paul Revere (played by an actor) tell us about his life and politics in Williamsburg. It made history jump out of their books and into something tangible.
Years later, the same grandkids and I had fun seeing the actual log cabin where Abraham Lincoln was born. A year later, my oldest grandson had fun rebuilding that log cabin on his Minecraft site as we read a book about Abraham Lincoln. All those different ways of learning will combine to help him have a better grasp of U.S. history.
If you’re interested in finding out if there are any interesting historical buildings in your area, try typing your city and state into Google, then type AND (capitalized), then type historical buildings. I’ll bet you find some pretty interesting places to visit locally as well. I think you’ll have a delightful AND educational time doing so. How about you? Have you found any historical treasures already? We’d love to hear.