On behalf of the Williams Barn Committee, we would like to express our thanks to everyone who made this year's field trip to the Williams Barn such a success. On June 12, 13 and 14, the third-grade classes from Swallow Union and Florence Roche elementary schools attended the annual field trip to learn about the town's agricultural past.
Many thanks to the teachers and members of the Women's Club who helped prepare the students through classroom studies and power point presentations prior to their visit. At the barn, students were told the history of the Williams family and the Barn before moving through four 20 minute stations. Special thanks to the craftsmen who generously volunteered their time and talents: Jock Snaith for his demonstration of coopering, Uwe Tobies for showing timber-framing and for his explanations of the architecture of the 1840s barn and Leo Wyatt for teaching the art of soapmaking.
Costumed farm-life interpreters from the Groton Woman's Club joined 12th generation Williams family descendants Al Wyatt and Leo Wyatt to make life in the mid-1800s at the Barn come back to life. These wonderful and dedicated volunteers include Marie Melican, who showed the students how to make butter; Peg Russell, Tracey Molaskey and Nancy LeMay who taught quilting; and Fran Goldbach who introduced them to period toys and games such as hoop rolling.
The Williams Barn provides a learning opportunity for Groton-Dunstable students to explore the town's
The field trips are an example of the services that the William Barn Committee and the Groton Woman's Club provide for the people of Groton. For those who would like to support future activities, please plan to attend the Farmers Market, which begins on Friday, July 6 at the Williams Barn from 3 to 7 pm.
DIANNE BUNIS, KATHY STONE, SANDRA TOBIES
Williams Barn Committee