From the 2015 edition of Truly Orleans Magazine
As surely as shadblow blooms, the herring run, and daffodil blossoms are buffeted each spring by ocean-iced winds, a day arrives when the fourth graders of Orleans Elementary School board a big yellow bus and bounce around the town.
This is a perennial event; a rite of passage sponsored by the local Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank.
Historians Bonnie Snow, Stacia Croteau or Diane Greaney gives the tour. The students see where sea captains lived, and the militia trained for the nation’s earliest wars. They rumble past a church founded by Pilgrims, and the site of a former windmill owned by the family that built King Arthur Flour. Around the town they go until they roll up to Rock Harbor, where Orleans refused to pay a ransom to protect their saltworks, an act which led to the Battle of Rock Harbor during the the War of 1812.