I had the chance to go on the 8th grade field trip.
I have to say it was the best field trip I have been on this year (and believe me...I have been on all of them -- some of them twice. lol!)
We went to Montpelier, the home of James Madison, then to Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, and made a short visit to the University of Virginia.
It was lovely. I have to say I just love seeing history come alive and these were particularly inspiring sites.
It was impressive how much both Madison and Jefferson loved to read. There were extremely well educated and well versed in a number of topics.
Thomas Jefferson's home was fascinating. He was quite inventive and interested in everything from farming to science to architecture. The additions to his home after returning from France were wonderful, including sky lights, hidden stairwells and alcove beds.
U VA was a lovely campus. We were only able to spend about a half hour there...everything else had run long...so I definitely want to go back and explore.