Chesterfield Historical Society welcomed home-schooled students Nov. 14 to learn about how early settlers lived in the area.
Many of them dressed in period clothing and the historical society provided bonnets for the girls. During the visit to the village on municipal grounds, the children performed everyday chores that were required of their young counterparts long ago. Among the tasks were shelling and grinding corn to feed chickens, pumping water from the well, hand-sawing wood for stove and fireplace and making candles. They also learned lessons in the school, made crafts in the cabin and watched the blacksmith at work to understand how valuable his role was to the community, according to the historical society.
The Chesterfield Historical Society welcomes groups to visit the village to learn about early settlers' life with hands-on lessons. For more information, contact Eileen Rivard at 586-749-3713 or Kathy Vosburg at 586-949-3810.