The local community serves as the focal point for third grade as students begin to understand how their communities have changed over time and to make comparisons with communities in other places. The study of local history comes alive through the use of artifacts and documents.
Franklin, NC west of Asheville, is also known as the, “Gem Capitol of the World.” There are gem mines and museums here that will intrigue men and women of all ages. Back in the late 1800’s, Tiffany and Company mined for rubies and gems in the area. Sheffield Mine is one of the oldest Ruby Mines still in operation in the Franklin, NC. Sheffield mine was once owned by Tiffany and Company, Other mines in other parts of western NC were sources for sapphires and emeralds.
Look at how homes and communities have changed in the past 100 years. The project includes a local history study, a comparison of Victorian homes and lifestyles with modern day and an insight into the period’s inventions.