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

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: $6 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 ws the “heart” of the early 19th century home. Around the fire, meals were cooked, stories told, and traditions passed from generation to generation. The harvest was the most important time of year on farms big and small, and has been celebrated throughout time and in almost every culture. Explore the importance of the Hearth and the Harvest with us this fall!

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

Cost: $6 per student/$4 title 1

Program Duration: 120 minutes

Add-on Activities Available

Best for Grades: 2nd -8th

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

 

 

Hearth & Holly

Experience an 1800s Christmas and discover how the holidays were celebrated before Santa Claus and Christmas trees! Learn about the roots of the holiday – from dances brought from England to hanging stockings from the dutch and how an American  Christmas is truly a multi-cultural celebration.  Hear stories of how the Enslaved workers celebrated the holiday and what the story of Christmas meant to those without freedom. Please note: this program is sensitive to the beliefs and celebrations of cultures and religions that do not celebrate Christmas and focuses on the history of the holiday.

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

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.

Victorian Valentine’s Day

Enjoy dancing the Virginia Reel, make a Valentine for the birds, create a card with woodblock printing, and tour the historic house.  Along the way you’ll learn the history of Valentine’s Day and the customs from a variety of cultures that made this Holiday a favorite in the Victorian era.  So…will you be our Valentine?

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

Cost: $6 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.