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Tropf Tour

Third graders stop for a group picture at the mural painted on the side of Middlefield Tavern. The stop was the last on a historic walking tour through the village to wrap up a study on community. (MP Photo/CSD)

It’s always fascinating to look back in time to see how our communities have grown and changed. This concept is the current focus of third grade social studies. To help drive home the point, teacher Ms. Barb Tropf took her scholars on a tour of downtown Middlefield to discuss and show them how things have changed over the years. The nine-stop tour took around an hour and included stops at the old Webster Johnson Farm (current Municipal Center), the bike path and fountain for looks back at the B&O Railroad that used to come through town, then on to CVS (where the hotel and Fritinger Feed Co. were), the Century Inn, the Depot and mural at the corner of Routes 608 and 87. At each stop, Ms. Tropf used pictures and articles written by Rick Seyer for the Middlefield Post as her source of information. Scholars were able to compare pictures of each corner of downtown from past to present and were able to recognize buildings from the past in the mural. A special thanks to the Jordak PTO who paid for the photos to be enlarged so scholars could better see the changes over time. Scholars enjoyed the trip down memory lane and were fascinated to see the different way of life.

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