Riddle of Penncroft Farm – Page 1
What did Lars think Valley Forge was? An amusement park like Valley Fair
What had Lars been studying in school in Minnesota history
What was Lars full name? Lars George Olafson
What is a latchstring? A cord which you pull through a hole in the door to
open the door from outside.
What was the name of the road that went Seek-No-Further-Pike
past Penncroft farm?
How old was Aunt Cass? 90 years of age
What was Lars’s father’s name? Erik Olafson
For what purpose had Aunt Cass told Mr. and To be used as a museum of the First American Civil
Mrs. Olafson she was leaving her farm? War
How did Mrs. Olafson’s brother George die? He was killed in Vietnam.
What did Sandra Olafson bring Aunt Cass? A wooden toy-a sort of cup on a stick with a ball
connected to it by a leather cord.
What was the name of Lars’s brother? Peter
What was the name of Lars’s Revolutionary George Hargreaves
What did Aunt Cass mean when she said the It means they were also members of the Society of
Hargreaves were “Friends with a capital F? Friends, a religious sometimes called Quakers.
What grade was Lars in? Grade 6
Who was Lars’s new teacher? Mrs. Hettrick
What kind of name is Lars Olafson? Norwegian
The study of Minnesota history started with 1830
When was Pennsylvania settled? 1682
What is buzzlecap? A game where you try to pitch a farthing into a
What were ducks and drakes? George’s name for skipping rocks
Why was the fence around the orchard? The law said that all farms had to be fenced.
What was the name of the boy Lars met on Geordie
the covered bridge?
What was perry? Cider made from pears instead of apples-a hard cider
fermented into alcohol
When Geordie used the word “dear” what did Too expensive or too costly
What did Geordie’s father think of King He believed the King and Parliament had the right to
George lll? tax the colonists.
Was Geordie’s father ever a soldier? Yes, he fought against the French for the king.
Why was Geordie’s mother upset when Will She was a Quaker and a pacifist , and she believed
went off to be a soldier? that killing was wrong even in war.
What did Geordie call himself? A shade-he said it was more amiable than ghost.
Where did Geordie haunt? The barn
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What did the meeting house look like? A simple stone house with a slate roof
What song did Patience sing at Aunt Cass’s The Riddle Song
What kind of car did Judge Banks drive? Model T
What did Lars discover in the box in the The cockade of Geordie’s brother Will
window seat in his room?
Why did Washington like the soldiers to wear The British thought anyone with a hunting shirt was a
hunting shirts according to Geordie? sharpshooter.
What made Geordie’s father angry in The Continental Congress passed a law forbidding the
September 1777? sale of apples to England.
What was Geordie’s father’s name? Laban
Where did Geordie get the lead toy soldier? His father bought it for him in Philadelphia.
The day Geordie’s father gave Geordie the A signet ring
toy soldier, he also gave will a present.What
What was inscribed on the ring? In Latin “Ibi Volunas Via Ibi Est,” translated means
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Since the Hargreaves couldn’t sell apples to Geordie was to peddle the apples, cider and perry to
England in 1777, how were they going to get country inns and to taverns in Philadelphia.
What were vedettes? Mounted sentries
When Geordie got up in the morning, who did A patrol of American mounted sentries
he find in the tavern?
What were the names of Geordie’s horses? Daisy and Buttercup
What happened to Geordie’s toy soldier? He left it on the Brandywine Battlefield after meeting a
real Hessian Soldier.
Where did Lar’s class go the day after Aunt To Brandywine
Cass’s memorial service
When the British were camped at Kennett Brandywine Creek and the Schuylkill River
Square, what two natural barriers lay
between them and Philadelphia?
Why did Washington try to stop the British at The Schuykill River was at the very doors of the city.
Brandywine Creek rather than the Schuykill
When Will went to rejoin Washington in 1777, At White Marsh
where was the Continental Army encamped?
Why did Geordie and his mother think Will His leg had not healed properly.
should not go back?
What did Will give Geordie as he left to rejoin His cockade
Washington at White Marsh?
Who told Geordie about Saratoga? Mistress Derry
Name two American Generals at Saratoga. General Gates and Benedict Arnold
Who was the British commanding officer at General Burgoyne
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For what did the British use the State House A prison for wounded Continental soldiers captured at
in Philadelphia? Brandywine and Germantown.
Where was the Liberty Bell? It had been moved to Allentown so the British couldn’t
melt it down for bullets.
Who was the manager of the City Tavern? Daniel Smith
Who helped Geordie unload the wagon? His brother Will
What was Will doing in Philadelphia? He was a spy in Washington.
Why was Will at the City Tavern? He listened to what the officers had to say about
military plans while they were drinking.
What was so important that Will needed to A British Orderly book containing General Howe’s plans
get to Washington? to attack the Americans at White Marsh.
What was the name of the boy who would Sandy
guide Geordie to Washington?
What was the password? Where there’s a Will there’s a way.
How would Geordie know for sure it was Sandy had Will’s signet ring.
What signal would Geordie have to use in the Whistle “The Riddle Song”
What was White Marsh called in Lars’s day? Fort Washington State Park
What was the new name for the State House? Independence Hall
Where did Lars want to go to lunch when he City Tavern
and his parents went to Philadelphia
What did John Adams say about City “The most genteel tavern in America”
What did Lars ask for lunch at the City The Tavern pasty and perry to drink
Who was waiting for Lars and his parents Judge Banks
when they returned from Philadelphia?
Since no one knew where Aunt Cass’s new Ellen Hargreaves remembered seeing Mr. Owens name
will was hidden, why did Eddie Owens think in the new will and Mr. Owens was to receive the farm
he could win Penncroft Farm in Probate under the terms of the old will.
After the Philadelphia trip, why didn’t Lars go He had scarlet fever.
to school for a couple of days?
Who told Geordie about the Battle at White Squire Cheney
Where did the British spend the winter of In Philadelphia
Where did Washington and his troops spend Valley Forge
the winter of 1777-1778?
Why was Washington at Valley Forge? The merchants in Philadelphia wanted him close to the
city, and Valley Forge was between the British in
Philadelphia and the American supplies at Reading.
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What happened to Geordie’s father the day He fell while pruning one of the old peach trees and
Geordie spoke to Squire Cheyney about struck his head.
What did the doctor do for Geordie’s father? The doctor leeched him.
Who helped Geordie’s mother get his father Mistress Derry and her husband
home after he fell?
Why did Sandy come to Penncroft Farm in To get someone to come to Valley Forge to nurse Will,
February 1778? who had putrid fever
What did Geordie take with him to Valley The copper kettle, some apples, food, and Will’s old
Who came to show Geordie around Valley Ned Owens
Why was Ned Owens not starving like most He knew Inspector General Conway.
of the soldiers at Valley Forge?
What was Ned Owens’s father doing that Sold the army weevilly food and shoddy uniforms for
made the soldiers mad. gold coin
What was the name of the farm where Pat Blackberry Hill
Who was Geordie? George Hargreaves, Lars’s ancestor.
When did Lars find out that Geordie was a On the way home from Valley Forge, when Pat was
nickname for George? singing her folk song.
Who was Sandy Cassandra Hargreaves? George Hargreaves’s wife
How did Lars know it was Will’s ring? From the Latin inscription
What did Pat remember that helped Lars find When she and Aunt Cass played hide and seek, Pat
the new will? peeked and saw Aunt Cass go into the barn, but when
she looked for her there, Aunt Cass was nowhere to
After hearing Pat’s story, where did Lars Grampa’s Folly
think the will would be hidden?
What did his mom say the message was? Something about a riddle and taking you (Lars) down
What did Lars interpret that to mean? That he was to put down the peg where the riddle was
What did they find in the Folly? The cup and ball and the new will
To whom did Aunt Cass leave Penncroft L. George Olafson (Lars)
What did Edward Owens IX receive in Aunt The right to use the memoirs that now belonged to
Cass’s will? Lars.
What name did Lars choose for Colonial Geordie
Who did Mrs. Hettrick dress as for Colonial Martha Washington
Lars was going to set up his own museum. The Museum of the First American Civil War
What was he going to call it.
Who did Lars see at the Colonial Day dance? Geordie and Cassandra