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Old 01-09-2003, 02:59 PM
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***JAMESTOWN, VIRGINIA***

Just the place to teach children about life in 17th-century America. The first permanent English-speaking settlement in North America was established at Jamestown. Here, Captain John Smith is much more than a Disney character. At the Jamestown Settlement, children may take part in 17th-century activities such as grinding corn, making canoes, trying on armor or playing a ring toss game called quoits. "Everything outdoors is reproductions, including the ships, so children can hold, pick up and try out," says Debby Padgett, spokesperson for the settlement. Part of Jamestown is run by the National Park Service; the area referred to as the Jamestown Settlement is run by the state. The entrances to both sites are a half-mile apart. For more information about Jamestown, call 757-898-3400. You can also access their home page at http://www.nps.gov/colo/. For more information about the Settlement, contact the Jamestown Foundation at 757-253-4838


***THE TROLLEY MUSEUM***

in Wheaton, Maryland, is perfect for tots. The biggest trolley trick for parents of toddlers is keeping children seated during the 20-minute ride. Luckily, the trolley makes one stop along the route. During the stop, enthusiastic volunteers give a brief history of the trolley you're riding and also answer questions. Don't be fooled if a conductor tells you that he volunteers at the museum because his wife wants him out of the house. In reality, most volunteers operate the trolleys because their childhood fascination with trains never left them at the station. For directions and information, call 301-384-6088.
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