Dale Jarvis, a fifth-grader at Mayo Elementary, said he stayed up until midnight working on his replica of Brice House in Annapolis, gluing together cardboard walls and erecting a railing of toothpicks.
Now the model, along with those built by his classmates, is on display at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum in Shady Side. They will remain there for a couple weeks before going on display at the Maritime Museum in Annapolis.
Young Jarvis said he wouldn't mind living in the real Brice House. "I could have three rooms of my own," he said.
The model was part of a social studies project on Colonial history vTC in which the students built replicas of Maryland's historic homes.
Linda Adamson, recently named Anne Arundel County's teacher of the year, came up with the idea after attending a history institute last summer. There she picked up a book on Colonial homes in Maryland that featured pictures and descriptions.
The pupils created models based on the photographs and wrote brief histories of the homes, including the economic status of their residents. Ms. Adamson also gave her students geometry exercises based on calculating the size of the homes. Now, the children are planning gardens to go with the houses.
Ms. Adamson said the project has helped the students learn more about Maryland. "They now have an appreciation of the state they'd never had before," she said.
Some of the pupils were so enchanted by the houses that they went a step farther. Pam Lare, who made a model of Tulip Hill in Harwood, went to see the real thing.
Graham Gilless, who made the Clifton home in Montgomery County, said the lesson taught him about architecture. He used cardboard, glue, and paint to re-create the gambrel-roofed dwelling.
Other students also put everyday products to good use. Tara Simms used wood and Velcro for the roof of her replica of Tudor Hall in Leonardtown.
Donna Ware, chairwoman of the Historic District Commission in Annapolis, told the children at a reception Friday that she hoped the lesson had taught them to appreciate the state's history.
Ms. Adamson said the models will be exhibited in the area for several months. An even bigger project is expected for next year's class, she said.
"Next year, we're going to build Colonial Annapolis," she said.