The classroom, like most at that time and place, seemed stark and certainly held little in creature comforts, and harsh discipline was more rule than exception. Not a great epoch in our nation's history. Jimmy looks like he needs to stay after school!
So, I walked around the corner of one of the old buildings and saw a dark spot on the wall, and I walked over to see what it was. Whoa Nellie, pinch me, if it wasn't a live bat! Not sure if it was a juvenile, as the ceiling/wall joint had a narrow bat-like opening above where the little fella was clinging, and perhaps it "fell out?" Anyway, I didn't touch it and I didn't disturb it, but I knew it was alive when it wrinkled its li'l nose. Weird, huh?
One of Fort Totten's barrack buildings was very different from the others! Originally used as housing for officers and their families (1867-1890), then as employee housing during the Indian Boarding School era (1891-1960), it's been rejuvenated into a bed and breakfast! Totten Trail.
Jan serves as hostess; she lives in the building from Memorial Day-Labor Day. She welcomed us and said, c'mon in, look around. That evolved into a long house tour, with her throwing in all kinds of historical tidbits. Each room has been carefully decorated to represent the years from 1870-1910, and each room was lovely. It's open all year.
We really enjoyed peeking in all the rooms. I'd stay there in a heartbeat if I didn't have a home-on-wheels. Think it's haunted? Some do. Lots and lots of history here.
We ate our granola bars sitting at a picnic table on the park's grassy grounds, absorbing those stories from a bygone age, imagining how life was back then. Then we decided life today is very good. Tomorrow we'll visit another of the area's attractions.