Learning about life in Sam Houston's day

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Students at Eagleton Elementary School got a taste of life in early 19th century Maryville recently when they participated in Sam Houston Day at the school.

The day-long event took place on May 16 at Eagleton as students neared the end of their school year. The event was fun for students and adults alike, as well as offering educational components.

Students saw first-hand demonstrations of bee-keeping and quilt-making, candle-making and wood-working. They learned about Native American culture and played outdoor games and other activities children enjoyed during the early 1800s.

Eagleton Elementary School is located on Sam Houston Schoolhouse Road, just down the road from the Sam Houston Museum, where a reconstructed one-room schoolhouse also stands.

According to the Sam Houston Schoolhouse website, the structure was built two years before Tennessee became a state.

Sam Houston moved with his family from Virginia to Maryville when he was a teen. Unhappy with farming and storekeeping, in 1809 he ran away and lived with Cherokee Indians on Hiwassee Island in the Tennessee River near Dayton, Tenn. In May of 1812 he returned home and opened a private school and repaid a $300 debt.

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