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In collaboration with the Braintree Historical Society and the Braintree Public Schools 3rd and 5th grade students will visit the General Sylvanus Thayer Birthplace during the first two weeks of June 2018 for their annual "Braintree, Our Town" field trip.
Two other stops of this Tri-Visit Program include visits to the Braintree Fire Station for a tour and fire truck exploration and a visit to Braintree Town Hall, where they meet the Mayor, view the original Indian Deed to the Town of Braintree, and tour the operations of their local town government first hand.
At the General Sylvanus Thayer birthplace, children will be greeted by a costumed volunteer and after a brief introduction about General Sylvanus Thayer and the 1720 home in which he was born, they will begin their educational tour stepping back to the period of 1785. Through guided talks by volunteers and demonstrations of the crafts and chores necessary for everyday living, they will experience what life was like for Sylvanus as a little boy growing up in Braintree at that time.
On each of three days, 6 classes (3 in AM, 3 in PM) arrive on school buses and each of the 3 classes walks to one of the 3 sites to begin their rotation visits. Before boarding buses for their return to school, this AM group will have a picnic lunch on the grounds of Thayer House. Meanwhile, the 3 classes in the PM group are arriving and having their lunch on the grounds of French's Common before starting their rotation visits and boarding buses at 1:30 PM for their return to school.
he Tri-Visit program accommodates over 500 participants.