Thursday, January 19, 2012

First Grade Field Trip

In November, I chaperoned Spencer's 1st Grade Field Trip. We visited Morven Park, former home of Westmoreland Davis, who was the governor of VA starting in 1918. He grew up in VA, had a successful career as a lawyer in NYC, then returned to his boyhood home to pursue his passion for farming. With him, he brought treasures he and his wife had collected from their world travels.

Half of the first graders went on a nature hike around the property. The assigned day for Spencer's class was cold, wet, and windy, so instead of traipsing the trails, we got to tour the mansion, carriage house, and some of the outbuildings. It's something I've wanted to do as long as I have lived here. Every few years I run the New Year's Resolution Run (a 10k) around the grounds of Morven Park, and I am always struck by the beauty of the place. However, I have never followed up on my resolve to explore more formally. This was the chance I needed.

I loved exploring Morven Park with this fellow and his friends.

Spencer on the school bus.

Our little group.

Spence and me in front of the mansion.


Twinkies said...

Pete and I have already decided that the girls are going to have their reception at the gardens there. So pretty.

Greg and Michelle said...

That looks like such a fun trip! I am glad that you got to go inside the buildings - I too have always been intrigued and attracted by the beauty of that place (though I have never run the 10k, I did do the 5k once :)

Brock and Kate said...

you're such a cute mama.