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A Visit to the State Capitol

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It’s a week of concerts, outings, and events. I’ve covered the Belle & Sebastian concert and the monster truck show, and in between those was a class trip for the 4th grade to our state capitol, Trenton. Though I’ve lived in NJ most of my life, including my childhood, went to Trenton State College, and have recently visited the state museum twice, I have never been to the state house or the barracks.  I was so pleased to go along as chaperone and probably loved seeing inside the historic and gorgeous building more than the kids did. We had a nice tour guide who pointed out all the details and flourishes and told us lots of New Jersey history.

I was especially taken with the carpeting that incorporated our state symbols (goldfinch, honey bee, red maple). Isn’t it pretty?

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The rotunda gleams brightly gold outside (real gold!)
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and from inside you can look all the way up to the top. Plenty of beautiful gold touches inside,  lovely portraits of all of New Jersey’s governors, and stained glass windows with the state seal on them.
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I have to say, it is pretty cool to live somewhere where George Washington really did walk around and there is so much Revolutionary War significance all around. And Thomas Edison is pretty big here, too, and one of the chandeliers was made by him (or something like that.)

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After the  tour of the state house and some free-for-all time in the museum we headed over to the barracks. Some wonderful re-enactors gave 1st person points of view as they pretended all the kids had just joined Washington’s army. Despite it being a million zillion degrees and everyone sagging in the heat, we did enjoy the rather lively presentation about all the horrid medical things that would be done to us as soldiers.

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Informative and fascinating! And also nice to see Clark having fun with his friends 🙂

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About Sarah

I'm a librarian living with my lovely family in a gorgeous spot of New Jersey, where we raise chickens and love the outdoors. I try to find enough time to indulge all my hobbies-cooking, photography, gardening, sewing, and I write about it all on my book blog & personal blog.

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