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Georgia RV As A Traveling Summer Classroom

Aug 18, 2008
Midway through the summer, book-bags, homework and study habits are distant memories for most kids. While Mom or Dad might not be qualified to help the kids get a leg up for their upcoming algebra classes, that's no reason to let the summer escape without some sort of learning opportunities.

RV travelers have it easy- the family can pack up and head out to historic sites on a whim, exploring and learning as they build their route, even tailoring the route to the children's interests.

Native American history is something that all school children study. Luckily, Georgia has several Native American historic sites that will help parents further those history lessons in a much more hands on and interesting way than a book report!

Whether you have a new motor home or pre owned GA travel trailer The Georgia RV dealer that helped the family choose its motor home or travel trailer might have suggestions for near-by historic sites, so it's always a good idea to include a phone call to them in the pre-trip planning. Many RV dealerships keep in touch with their customers and receive feedback on trips others have taken, so the RV dealer can often be an excellent source of information, as well as help with RV service to make sure everything is ready to go.

Chieftain's Museum:

The Chieftain's Museum in Rome, GA, is an ideal starting point. A National Historic Landmark since 1973, the museum is committed to presenting and preserving Cherokee culture. Emerging from the RV, kids and parents alike will be immersed in 19th century Cherokee culture in the former home of well-known Cherokee leader Major Ridge, who played an enormous part in the event known as the Trail of Tears. During that period, Native Americans were forced westward to clear the land for Americans. Visit the requisite gift shop for a surprising mix of tourist baubles and artwork before taking advantage of the motor home kitchen for lunch!

New Echota Historic Site:

To find out more about what happened after the Native Americans were pushed from their homes, head the RV over to the New Echota Historic Site. It was here that the Cherokee set up a town and attempted to fight the U.S. government peacefully to be allowed to remain in their homeland. Both original and reconstructed buildings make the history come to life, as does the film available in the Visitor's Center there. Guests are able to see the Council House, Courthouse, Print Shop and General Store, as well as outbuildings like barns and corn cribs.

Funk Heritage Center:

To continue learning about Native American history in Georgia, head to a spot that most GA RV dealers would recommend as being very informative: the Funk Heritage Center, known as Georgia's frontier and Southeastern Indian Interpretive Center. Run by Reinhardt College, visitors are able to explore exhibits detailing Native American Art, antique tools and artifacts, frontier settlements, and a local store. The Hall of Ancients is unique in that it uses artifacts, dioramas and interactive touch screen computers to cover 12,000 years of history.

After covering so much history in one RV trip, it's impossible not to have learned something through the experience! By turning the RV into a traveling classroom, kids will be intrigued and ready to become "students" again when school starts.
About the Author
David Porter is the owner of Three Way Campers, the oldest Georgia RV dealer . From new diesel motor homes to pre owned GA travel trailers his company is well known among fellow north GA RV dealers .
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