Historic
Travellers Rest


The 1799 Home
of
Judge John Overton

Field Trips

Historic Travellers Rest Plantation’s education programs are offered year-round or seasonally. The average length of each program is listed but may vary due to size of group and involvement in program. Please allow plenty of time for your group to enjoy the full program. Additional activities may be added to each of our education programs.

For those who do not have a group of 15 or more, "Home School Days" provide the perfect opportunity to register for a program without a minimum number of students required.

Choose from field trips listed below or customize a program with add-on activities that are more specific to your needs. Please Contact Us for any additional information.

Year-Round Field Trips

World of the Plantation

Discover and experience life on a Middle Tennessee historical site, Historic Travellers Rest Plantation, during the early 1800s! This program combines all of our most popular activities to create a picture of life in antebellum Nashville. It includes an abbreviated tour of the historic house, lessons in our schoolroom, playing with old-fashioned toys, and your choice of a hands-on activity.

Activity choices include: making handkerchief dolls, writing with quill pens in autograph books, playing with old-fashioned toys and even visit a one room schoolhouse…just beware of the switch!

Program can be adapted for students of all ages
Program length is 90 minute; $6.00 per student

Please Contact Us for any additional information and to make a reservation.

Mystery of the Moundbuilders

Explore one of American history's biggest mysteries...the Moundbuilders! Almost 1,000 years ago these pre-historic Native Americans built a village on the land that is now occupied by Historic Travellers Rest Plantation. The Mississippians built complex cities and large earthen mounds. They had agriculture and far flung trading routes. Then one day their civilization disappeared and even today no one knows exactly what happened. Visit Historic Travellers Rest Plantation and learn about Tennessee's lost people...

Includes: Story Telling and multimedia presentation, Food tasting and Artifact sharing, Green Corn Dance, and Gorget making. 
 

*Historic House tour can be added for $.50 per student.
Best for 1st-5th graders.
Program length 90 minutes; Cost is $6.00 per student

Please Contact Us for any additional information and to make a reservation.

Nashville 1864

In the winter of 1864, the fields and orchards near Historic Travellers Rest Plantation became a battlefield. Learn how the soldiers lived and fought. Hear the stories of the civilians who found themselves caught between the armies. Discover how surgeons treated the sick and the wounded once the battles had ceased.

Includes: Historic House Tour with focus on Civil War Nashville, Visit Miss Annie's Schoolhouse, Quill Pen Writing, and a Day in the Life of a Soldier.

Best for 4th grade through High School
Program length is 120 minutes; Cost is $6.00 per student

Please Contact Us for any additional information and to make a reservation.

Into The Wilderness

Travel back in time to when Tennessee marked the western frontier and learn about the world of soldiers, settlers and Native Americans. Discover the Nashville of 200 years ago and along the way hear about John Overton and a few of his famous friends, Sam Houston and Andrew Jackson.

Includes: The Life of a Long Knife (frontier soldier), Historic House Tour, Gorget Making, Living History Experience in Judge Overton's Courtroom or Frontier Schoolhouse.

Program can be adapted for students of all ages. 
Program length is 120 minutes; Cost is $6.00 per student

Please Contact Us for any additional information and to make a reservation.

A Past Uncovered: The Story of the Enslaved People of Travellers Rest

A program focusing on the lives of the enslaved workers who lived, loved, and lost at Travellers Rest.  Learn about the daily lives of the enslaved through primary sources and artifact sharing.

Includes: Up in the Big House (historic house tour focused on slave life), A Past Uncovered Exhibit, Life of the Enslaved Artifact Sharing, Cold Forge Blacksmithing

Best for 4th grade through High School

Program length is 120 minutes; Cost is $6.00 per student

Please Contact Us for any additional information and to make a reservation

Deluxe House Tour

Designed especially for those studying Tennessee history, this tour highlights Judge John Overton and the many roles he played in our state's history. This program includes a deluxe tour of the historic house and grounds, and all supplies needed for a craft activity to follow up in the classroom.

Program can be adapted for students of all ages. 
Program length is 60 minutes; Cost is $6.00 per student

Please Contact Us for any additional information and to make a reservation.

Seasonal Field Trips

Plantation Holidays

See how the holidays were celebrated before Santa Claus and Christmas trees! Enjoy a customized tour of the historic house filled with holiday decorations. Practice your quill penmanship, sip on some delicious syllabub and kick up your heels with an old time country dance.

INCLUDES:  Quill Pens and Holiday Cards, Virginia Reel Dance, Syllabub Tasting and Ornament Creation

Best for Grades:  K-6th
Program length:  90 minutes; Cost is $6.00 per student

Please Contact Us for any additional information and to make a reservation.

Victorian Valentine's Day

Come celebrate Valentine’s Day in classic Victorian fashion! Enjoy dancing the Virginia Reel, make a Valentine for the birds, practice wood block printing and tour the historic house. Along the way, you will learn a bit about the history of Valentine’s Day and the customs that made this holiday a favorite in Victorian times. So...will you be our Valentine?

INCLUDES:  Quill Pens and Holiday Cards, Virginia Reel Dance, Magnolia Bird Feeder and Historic House Tour

Best for Grades:  K-3rd
Program length:  90 minutes; Cost is $6.00 per student 

Please Contact Us for any additional information and to make a reservation.

Festival Field Trips

19th Century Trades Festival

Don't miss this opportunity to see history from those experienced in their craft.  Great for all ages! Make reservations now for your students to step back in time and see craftsmen create and demonstrate.

Enjoy stepping back in time as period artisans demonstrate 19th century skilled crafts, including pottery making, candle dipping, flint knapping, corn grinding, corn husk, doll making, rolling hoops and much more!  Several hands-on activities are also a part of the annual event: the lost arts as well as skills,and crafts of the early 19th century. Interact with many artisans such as the broom maker, lace maker, weaver, and soap maker.

September 20 - 21st, 9:00am - 2:30pm.
Best for Grades: All
Estimated Program Length: 2-3 hours; Cost is $6.00 per student

Please Contact Us for any additional information and to make a reservation.

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