In addition to our usual studies this school year we have added some in-depth state studies. It has been interesting doing research and pulling things together to make this possible. We decided to study them in order they became a state, so first up is Delaware.
There's so much interesting history there that we have been digging up. For the children an added bonus has been that I've been telling them the stories my Grandpa told me the winter before LV and I got married.
Delaware used to be, and as far as I know, is still the only state that has an Amish community calling the capital their home.
Of the many stories Grandpa told me about their life in Delaware there were a few that have always amazed me.
In the 40's when his children were still too young to be able to really pitch in and help around the farm, Grandpa would drive into town with his horse and wagon, to the jail and get a load of inmates to clean out the barn, and do other work. The only thing required of him was to feed them three meals and have them back at the jail by a certain time in the evening.
There was always a line of men, eager to help him. They loved Grandma's hearty meals, and most were excellent help.