AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Students at Furlow Charter School in Americus were transported back in time Thursday night for a special history lesson.
They learned how Patriots lived during our nation's early struggle for independence.
The young patriots were greeted by 18th century classical music as they walked up to a home that would soon transform their cozy 21st century reality to the unsettling Revolutionary period.
Draped in colonial fashion, 4th grader Jake Wilson and his classmates were all in character, ready to re-live the war.
So who was Jake?
"A normal traitor against the king," said Wilson.
And the why gets even more interesting.
"I want freedom and I thought that if the King rules me why can't I rule the king?" said Wilson.
Those inquisitive thoughts would stay with him throughout the night.
"Have we checked if the officer is actually a tore or a secret spy among us all," said Wilson.
Wilson's response, as colonial teachers warned about the dangers of the period.
True patriots like Wilson took pride in learning about the importance of freedom.
4th grade advisor Samantha Nelson said it had an impact on students.
"They have absolutely been in love with the program and they enjoy every time we get to learn and do another aspect of the program," said Nelson.
Especially creating their own historic personas.
"Greetings madam how do you do?" said Wilson.
While showing off his 18th century etiquette, Wilson learned something far more important from this unique experience.
"You cannot hold your own freedom and control others but also you have your own freedom to control yourself," said Wilson.
Teachers said they look forward to another special Patriot Day experience next year.