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Students get close-up look at Heritage Farm

Oct. 28, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Students from Buffalo Elementary in Wayne County and Crabbe Elementary in Boyd County recently visited Heritage Farm Museum and Village for its Metal Works Way Back Weekend.

Heritage Farm hosts Way Back Weekends each month, usually on the first Saturday. The Friday before, however, local schools are encouraged to visit for an up-close look at what the artisans are doing.

"We came for the first time last year and we're so enthralled with it," said Tamara Withrow, a fourth-grade teacher from Crabbe. "It's a true experience for the kids who have never seen some of these things."

She and Patty Garrison, who teaches fourth grade at Buffalo Elementary, both said Heritage Farm brings to life what the kids read about during lessons on West Virginia and Appalachian history.

Garrison said in her three years of taking students, they always return to class ready to engage in a hearty discussion that often leads them to asking more questions they can research on their own.

"You can tell they are soaking up the information," Garrison said.

On the Oct. 12 visit, she had 23 parents and grandparents with her, many of whom were visiting for the first time. She said coming to Heritage Farm opens up their eyes to the fun and educational opportunities they can share with their children.

There are two Way Back Weekends left in 2012, with time left for teachers to schedule their trips. On Saturday, Nov. 3, there will be hot glass and pottery demonstrations, with the new outdoor pottery oven. And, on Saturday, Dec. 1, the farm will host a holiday market with handmade gifts from local artisans.

For more information about educational trips, visit www.heritagefarmmuseum.com or call 304-522-1244.