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 Overtons

Experience what life was like at Travellers Rest during the early 1800s. From the Big House to the lives of the Enslaved, students will learn about life on a Middle Tennessee Plantation and contrast it to today. Write with quill pens, play with old-fashioned toys, tour the historic house, and visit the one-room schoolhouse.
Historic House Tour   Old-Fashioned Toys & Games   Quill Pen Writing/Hanky Doll Making
Cost: $7 per student/$4 title 1
Program Duration: 90 minutes
Add-on Activities Available
Best for Grades: K-4th

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

 

Antique Amusements

Before the days of video games and television, kids and adults alike passed the time with “amusements”. Often these amusements had their basis in the newest science discoveries of the day. Join us in exploring everything from optical illusions to parlor games and have a most amusing time learning science, art, and math…19th century style!

History of play house tour   –  Toys & Games   –  Make an amazing thaumatrope  –   parlor games

Cost: $6 per student/$4 title 1

Program Duration: 120 minutes

Add-on Activities Available

Best for Grades: K-4th

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 nd learn about the world of soldiers, settlers, and Native Americans. Discover the Nashville of 200 years ago and hear about John Overton, Sam Houston, Andrew Jackson and the Native Americans who first called this land home.

History of early Tennessee house tour    – Native American gorget making Militia Drill –   

Life of a Soldier Frontier Schoolhouse

Cost: $6 per student/$4 title 1

Program Duration: 120 minutes

Add-on Activities Available

Best for Grades: 3rd -8th

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

 

Mystery of the Mississippians

Explore one of America’s most fascinating cultures…the Mississippians, also known as the Moundbuilders. Nearly 1,000 years ago, these Native Americans built a village on the land now occupied by Travellers Rest. The Mississippians built a complex culture and then one day their civilization disappeared leaving the mystery of who they were and how their culture collapsed for archaeologists to solve. Explore the Mystery of the Mississippians and learn more about Tennessee’s first people.

Storytelling & Presentation  –  Food tasting & Artifact sharing     –   Gorget making  

Cost: $6 per student/$4 title 1

Program Duration: 90 minutes

Add-on Activities Available

Best for Grades: 1st – 6th

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

 

 

Nashville 1864

In the winter of 1864, the fields and orchards near Travellers Rest became a battlefield. Learn how the soldiers lived and fought. Hear the stories of the civilians who found themselves caught between two armies. Explore the story of the American Civil War in Middle Tennessee through the experience of Travellers Rest and the Battle of Nashville.

Battle of Nashville house tour    –  Autograph books   –  Soldier Drill & Life of a Soldier  

Miss Annie’s Schoolhouse

Cost: $6 per student/$4 title 1

Program Duration: 120 minutes

Add-on Activities Available

Best for Grades: 4th-8th

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.  Listen to the stories of Harry – a blacksmith who sought his freedom, Matilda – a weaver and a mother, and many others who are the history of Travellers Rest.

Up in the Big House (house tour)  – Life of the enslaved   – Candle Dipping   – Slavery Exhibit

Cost: $6 per student/$4 title 1

Program Duration: 120 minutes

Add-on Activities Available

Best for Grades: 4th-8th

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

 

 

Seasonal Field Trips

Hearth & Harvest

The hearth was the “heart” of every early 19th century home. Around the fire meals were cooked, stories told, and traditions passed from generation to generation. The harvest was the busiest and most bountiful time on the farm. For the enslaved workers “hog-killing time” was difficult work, but also a break from the routine labor of the plantation. Both the hearth and the harvest have been celebrated throughout time and across cultures.

Illuminating the past house tour    –  candle dipping    –  food tasting food preservation

Cost: $7 per student

Program Duration: 120 minutes

Add-on Activities Available

Best for Grades: 1st -8th

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

 

 

Hearth & Holly

Experience an early 1800s Christmas and discover how the holidays were celebrated before Christmas trees and Santa Claus! Christmas wasn’t just for the “Big House”, it also was a time of celebration for the enslaved workers. Learn how Christmas for the Overton family was different from the enslaved workers. A great program to compare and contrast! Tour the historic house filled with early 19th century holiday decorations, dance the Virginia Reel, sample a historic treat called syllabub, and pick your own “Peek into the Past” hands-on activity.

Holiday House Tour    –  Dance the Virginia Reel    –  Syllabub Tasting    –  Quill Pen writing

Cost: $7 per student

Program Duration: 90 minutes

Add-on Activities Available

Best for Grades: K-4th

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

Victorian Valentine’s Day

Enjoy dancing the Virginia Reel, make a Valentine for the birds, practice woodblock printing, and tour the historic house. Along the way you’ll learn the history of Valentine’s Day, hear some sweet stories of Travellers Rest, and engage in some of the customs that made this holiday a favorite in Victorian times.

LOVE-ly house tour   –  woodblock printing    –  magnolia bird feeder   –  dance the Virginia Reel

Cost: $7 per student

Program Duration: 90 minutes

Add-on Activities Available

Best for Grades: k-4th

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

 


 

Twisted Tennessee

A great program for 8th grade and high school, Twisted Tennessee uses storytelling, first-person historical accounts, and guided inquiry to engage students in a fun, creative, and educational manner. Join us as we present three dramatizations to spark debate over a few of Tennessee’s most twisted historic tales! This program may be customized to include hands-on activities and a historic house tour.

 

Dramatic Presentations Guided Inquiry/Debate Voice of Truth Vote Optional Activities Available

Student Cost: $7.00

Program Duration: 120 min

Add-on Activities Available

Best for grades: 7th-12th

 


 

Trades Festival

This once-a-year event focuses on the historic trades that shaped America. From blacksmithing to basket weaving, over 20 artisans are on site to demonstrate a variety of early American trades. In addition, there are tons of activities to engage students – candle dipping, doll making, quill pens, and much more!