To read about the first part of my day experiencing the Independence Day celebrations at Clermont State Historic Site with Bob the Livingston History Sheep, check here.
After Bob and I checked out the games, it was time to get serious— we wanted to learn more about the meaning of Independence Day. Lucky for us, there were some visitors who had “time traveled” all the way from the 1700’s! They were discussing the reasons they thought the colonies should declare their independence from England, or remain loyal to the King of England:
The gentleman in favor of Independence suggested that the colonies were being taxed unfairly, without proper representation in the government in England. He was also worried that the English military wasn’t giving them enough protection.
The other gentleman felt that the British army did provide protection, and that it was better to pay taxes for protection from a more highly trained army, than to be defended by the less trained militia put together by the colonies.
Visitors to Clermont were asked to cast their vote: for Independence, or to remain loyal to the King. Bob and I cast our votes on the side of the patriots (those who wanted independence). After all, we were enjoying the day at the home of Chancellor Livingston, who helped write the Declaration of Independence)!
Spending 4th of July at Clermont was really nice— I got to have fun, and I learned a lot about our country’s independence! Plus, there was a beautiful view: