On our last day in Atlanta, we visited Stone Mountain, a place intriguing for its geology, history, and entertainment. Aside from hiking to the top of the mountain, we tried a ropes course and rock climbing, visited an antebellum village, took a train ride, played miniature golf, saw a 4-D movie, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and watched a laser/fireworks show. It was a busy and fun day.
One of the first books we’ll read when school resumes next month (aaaggghhhh!), is The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg. Written by Newbery Award winning author Rodman Philbrick, this historical fiction takes us on a journey from Maine to Pennsylvania during the Civil War. As evidenced in its carving, Stone Mountain takes a look at the Civil War and its effects on the South. It’s interesting for a Yankee like me to see the War Between the States from a different perspective. While I was there, I also began reading one of my favorite books, Gone With the Wind.
These two photos depict the inside and outside of a typical slave home prior to the Civil War. They reminded me of the homes Elijah’s parents would have grown up in. For those who have read Elijah of Buxton,what differences do you notice between the houses in Buxton and these houses in Georgia?
We had a great day at Stone Mountain and in Atlanta. We also visited the Coke Museum, the Georgia Aquarium, the Etowah Archeological Site, Centennial Park, and lots of baseball fields while we were in the Peach State.
What are you doing on your summer vacation?