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Memorial Day 2011

June 1, 2011

We had fabulous plans to see our great state last year in the “Summer of Fun.”  Sadly, I think we only made it to half of our destinations.  But no matter, and we can now cross off Camp Floyd State Park.  They had a Civil War encampment planned for Memorial Day weekend.   We decided not to let a little rain stop us and so headed down there on Monday.  We drove through a couple of rain squalls and were sprinkled on a few times, but the weather turned out beautiful in the end.

We didn’t tell the boys where we were going and they about went crazy trying to guess what the surprise was.  It’s very rare that we can get more than a few blocks from home before they guess where we’re headed.  We are entirely too predictable, I think, but they didn’t have a clue this time.  It was kind of fun to actually surprise them for once.

Camp Floyd housed Johnston’s Army of 3500 in 1858.  Before being recalled for the Civil War in 1861, the population of the camp and the town of Fairfield was around 7000, making it the 3rd largest city in Utah.  (Got to keep an eye on those Mormons!)  The only remainders of the camp today are the cemetery and the commissary building which is now a museum.

The Stagecoach Inn across the street from the commissary was a stop for both the Overland Stage and the Pony Express.

The inside has been restored with period furnishings.  Here we are in the music room:

They were giving stagecoach rides, but none of us wanted to wait long enough to get one.

We walked through the reenactor’s camp behind the Inn and heard a fiddler play “Ashokan Farewell.”

We saw a woman spinning wool into yarn and she explained the process to us.  D learned about that in a Five in a Row book recently, but nothing beats seeing it.  They boys got to try on some Civil War uniforms and we saw a weapons demonstration.

We walked over to the 1898 Fairfield Schoolhouse that has been restored and played some pioneer games and sat in the one-room schoolhouse.

I think they want desks like these now.

On the way out of town, we stopped at the Camp Floyd cemetery which we felt was fitting for Memorial Day.  

A few grave markers have been erected, although no exact burial records have ever been found.

It was a nice day out together.
4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 1, 2011 10:18 am

    What a fun memorial day!

  2. June 1, 2011 1:10 pm

    Cool pics! We were just in Utah a few days ago.

    I remember using desks like that in my little Catholic school.

  3. June 1, 2011 1:32 pm

    What a great day. I just love the old school house.

  4. Francesca Rose permalink
    June 2, 2011 9:40 pm

    I have 2 desks just like that. My girls use them for homeschool. You are such a fun mom! -Francesca

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