Exploring the heart of American history

The eighth grade students of Brookwood School set foot in the nation's capital for five days of
touring and exploring.

Their trip began with a tour of the mansion and grounds at Mount Vernon.

No trip to Washington, D.C. would be complete without history and reverence. Students viewed the Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr. monuments, then they attended a church service at the National Cathedral. Following the service, they headed to Arlington National Cemetery for the changing of the guard and wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Four Brookwood students were awarded the opportunity to honor U.S. veterans and members of the armed forces by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Next on the itinerary was the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, tours of the National Gallery of Art and the Capitol, and a riveting Washington Capitals v. Ottawa Senators hockey game at Capital One Arena.

The fourth day took them to tour Gettysburg Battlefield Museum, where students received a Battlefield Tour with a certified battlefield guide. To round out the evening, eighth graders went ice skating at the National Gallery of Art Ice Rink.

Before catching a flight home, students walked around their choice of Smithsonian Museums, including Natural History, Air & Space, Black History, American History, and Native American History.

Brookwood’s class of 2028 returned home with hearts full of memories and minds enriched with knowledge. Their field trip proved to be a profound exploration of the ideals, values, and history that define the American experience.
Located in Thomasville, GA, Brookwood School is a private school for grades JK-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.