The East Coast may be home to some of America’s best outdoor attractions, but it also offers plenty for the whole family. Whether you’re coming from near or far its got something that will suit anyone in your group! For history buffs out there looking at historic sites like colonial Williamsburg Virginia- this is one destination not on everyone’s bucket list because they need time travel access? anyways let us tell ya about these other areas where kids can play outside every day without worrying if its too cold/hot depending how long summer lasts here haha just having fun with words 😀
The Adirondacks, New York
The Adirondacks are a mass of mountains, hills and forests located in the north-central region of Upstate New York. The region is abundant with wildlife, trails, waterfalls and campsites making it one of North America’s most popular vacation spots. It is home to over three million acres of public forest preserve that are open for everyone to visit.
The Adirondack Mountains consist of many peaks that stretch approximately 286 miles long from west to east including Whiteface Mountain which has an elevation of 4,867 feet, Algonquin Peak at 5,115 ft., Mt. Marcy at 5,344 ft., Pitchoff Mountain at 3960ft., Red Face Mountain at 3,920ft., Wright Peak at 4088ft. and Gothics at 4,000ft. The Adirondacks hosts six trail-less “Great Camps,” which are a lasting reminder of the region’s history in the 19th century when industry barons wanted a place to get away from it all.
The Adirondack Mountains have been used by people for thousands of years as hunting ground when they migrated into the area centuries ago including Native Americans, French trappers and explorers. In 1877, the Adirondack Forest Preserve was created after wealthy residents fought to keep the mountains free from development and eventually won over politicians with their fight for conservationism. It was designated one of America’s first wildernesses where logging is prohibited along with mining and other development activities.
Today, state officials work to maintain the natural wild-state of the mountains so visitors can experience the region just as it was centuries earlier before things like electricity and cars.
Iroquois Native Americans were thought to have inhabited this area since about 1000 A.D., but eventually grew scarce due to wars with other tribes. Because of this Iroquois territory stretched along what is now known as New York State. The Adirondack Mountains are believed to be named after a group of Iroquois called “Adirondack” who lived in upstate New York.
It is said that one day an Iroquois went hunting for deer and got lost in the woods where he came across two white men; these men later murdered him and buried his body. The tribe found him and realizing that the white man was dangerous, they went into hiding and were never seen again.
Adirondack is also a word in Iroquois language meaning “bark eater” which is what early explorers called them because of their bark canoes. When Europeans first saw these canoes it appeared as if its occupants were eating bark so they called them by such name.
Today the Adirondack Mountains remain an important part of North America’s past where Native American history can still be seen through old artifacts, trails and burial grounds.
The land-locked area that makes up the Adirondacks today became inhabited by French explorers and trappers who came to the area in the late 17th century. The French explorers called the land Desolation because they felt that there was nothing but wilderness with no people or cities which is why they gave it this name.
One of these explorers, Samuel de Champlain wrote about this region saying, “This country seems to be very favourable for receiving an infinite number of settlers; already we have seen fine crops of Indian corn…”
Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
“Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia” is the title of an article written by Christopher Geist for Colonial Williamsburg’s The Journal of 17th-Century Music .
The main topic of the article is to explore the “music heard at sacred services in Anglican churches throughout Great Britain and America during the first three decades after settlement.”
Geist discusses what happened to music after colonization, how it affected culture, and specifically how information about this music was lost over time. He begins with a short history of religious worship in early colonies. Geist also provides his own insights on where he thinks investigation should move next. By using primary sources like journals and sermons, along with secondary sources like John Playford’s book The English Dancing Master he was able to understand what music sounded like at the time.
Geist hopes that by studying this piece of history, people will begin to learn the cultural significance of the music and how it reflected life back then.
For instance, Geist shows readers how colonists would sing folksongs which were coupled with political satire. They also used dance music as a way to mock other cultures. Christian hymns would be similar to modern-day gospel songs in that they were usually sung “a cappella” or “with minimal instrumental accompaniment”.
Lastly, Geist emphasizes the idea of music having power by explaining how important singing was to colonizers (they sang for pleasure and leisure). At first the British did not enjoy this type of music, since they were used to more intricate tunes; but after time colonists began to enjoy it.
Geist ends his article with where he thinks future research should be focused in the field of early American music. He mentions that there are still many sources that can be explored (sermons, diaries, Latin documents) and feels that if these sources are studied by modern scholars they might find completely new information about what happened during colonial times.
Christopher Geist is an associate professor at West Virginia University. He has written various articles for popular magazines like “The Oxford Companion to Music”, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians , and other academic journals related to musicology.
He believes that because this piece was published in an academic journal, the article is of high quality. It contains primary and secondary sources that are reliable, making it an authoritative work on colonial music.
Geist’s writing style is formal, but he does use some words related to early American culture so readers who are not familiar with this time period might have difficulty understanding what he is saying. For example, Geist uses the word “tabby” when describing a cat (he says that colonists mistreated them).
Also, in his discussion about people like Thomas Walter (1630-1710), he calls him “a dissenter” which means someone who doesn’t follow the same religion as the majority; for example during colonial times in America it would mean someone who didn’t follow the Church of England.
Geist’s article is 6 pages long and includes many different types of sources (the two images below are examples) to support his claims.
Primary sources: Examples include various writings by people who were there during colonial times, like sermons or journals. These are usually available for free online or in some type of digital library. Secondary sources: Are usually written by modern day historians based on the primary source information they find;
they use these documents though to make further conclusions about what happened – Geist uses secondary sources like John Playford’s book The English Dancing Master . Images/Artifacts: As mentioned above these can be images that document early American life; they allow us to better visualize the time period addressed in the article.