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First-graders learn about Native Americans

First-graders at Middlesex Elementary School listen as Middlesex County Museum director Holly Horton describes Native American tribal life using artifacts from the museum’s collection.

First-graders learned on November 7 that arrowheads are not just a bunch of rocks and that Middlesex County was home to Native Americans long before John Smith arrived in the early 1600s.

Utilizing a copy of Captain Smith’s 1624 map, the students studied the Indian settlements recorded in the county. They then looked at arrowheads and points that these early residents and their ancestors left behind. By comparing sizes, shapes and types of rocks utilized, the students gained a firmer grasp of Indian creativity. What they ate, how they dressed, and their interactions with each other also were discussed. The children finished the program by completing a fun worksheet designed by the museum. It included a maze and word search.

Arrowheads and many more similar objects are on display at the museum from Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Stop by and see firsthand the tools made by the county’s earliest inhabitants. “Bring the kids and grandkids and rediscover our past together,” said museum director Holly Horton.

The museum is at 777 General Puller Highway in Saluda, only a short distance from the Historic Middlesex Courthouse.

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posted 11.14.2012

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