The Fall Field Trip Season is upon us! We are excited to begin our 2015 season in September. The William Harris Homestead offers “A Day in the 19th Century” for elementary and middle school students. This heritage education program can also be customized for older students and adults. Learning about the 1800’s with William and Harriet Harris and their family as a backdrop is a great way to bring history alive for so many!
Our field trips are made up of four separate units. The first unit is a tour of the 1825 log house where your guide will talk about the construction of the home. She will also discuss cotton- from harvesting to spinning and weaving before moving into the dining area of the house where food production and preparation is demonstrated at the fireplace. The second unit is outside, it features visits to the Cellar, House Garden, Smoke House, and Family Cemetery, as well as a brief demonstration of candle making. The third unit features a local Civil War expert who will teach the students about the daily living of a soldier–what it would have been like to be a Confederate or Union soldier during the 1860’s. The final unit begins with a discussion about the Creek Indians who were the first people to live on the land, then visits the Spring House before finishing up with a hayride. The day ends with a sheep herding demonstration by Hank Gallups and his award winning Border Collies. Your students are welcome to bring and enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds, while our Civil War interpreter demonstrates loading and firing his musket rifle.
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