They landed in a time machine that looked suspiciously like ride from school.
They took to the front yard of a church and a museum like the explorers they were, some heading one way, some bound for another, curiosity their only guide. Well, that and the chaperones.
They made apple cider, made candles, made quilts. made butter. Washed clothes, spun propellers and sharpened a knife or two. All skills that made their bountiful hometown what it is, back in a time far beyond their young years.
Then they returned to their home base, located a few blocks away, a modern place that also pays tribute to bygone eras: Ancient Lakes Elementary.
It was a fruitful voyage for the third-graders, participants in a Quincy tradition known as Time Travelers, which helps some of the Valley’s younger residents learn what it was like to start a town from scratch.