Staycation Classes

Staycation Classes

Not traveling over Spring Break? Join us at Carnton Plantation and The Carter House for several Civil War themed activities!

Ages 5-10

These classes will cost $10 per child.

Toys, Toys, Toys! – Monday, March 25 at Carnton 11am-12pm

We will take a take a look at toys that children played with during the Civil War. Children will see how some toys still exist, but others are long gone. They will then have the chance to make their own toys, including clay marbles and a thaumatrope.

All About Dolls – Tuesday, March 26 at Carnton from 11am-12pm

Our Barbie dolls today look quite different from the dolls that children played with during the Civil War. Join us to learn about different types of dolls and even make your own! Children will have the chance to make their own paper dolls, a Nettie Doll, and a Hanky Doll.

Ages 7-14

These classes will cost $15 per child.

Archaeology Dig  – Thursday, March 28 at Carnton from 10am-11:30am

Let’s dig into the past! Children will learn the basics of archaeology and participate in a “dig” at Carnton. Who knows what they may find? (Please make sure to wear clothes that can get dirty and sneakers.)

Camp of Instruction  – Friday, March 29 at The Carter House 10am-12pm

Sign up your soldier (boy or girl) to learn how to drill as a soldier of the Civil War would have with our Chief Historical Interpreter Rob Cross. We will also have a snack of hardtack and jerky. (Wooden toy rifles will be provided for all children to use during this mini-camp.)

HANDS-ON HISTORY

These classes are designed to give children ages 5-10 a look at how people lived during the Civil War. Children will learn about a particular topic and participate in an activity or craft related to that topic. Classes are an hour long and the cost is $10 per child.

Spring Has Sprung! – Saturday, April 20 at Carnton from 10-11am

We will take a walk through the Garden at Carnton, pick a few flowers, herbs, and leaves and then we will learn about the popular 1800s craft of herbariums and pressed plants.

Dig Into the Past – Thursday, June 20 at Carnton from 10-11am

Children will learn about the importance of archaeology to the study of history. They will even get a chance to dig! Please wear clothes that can get dirty and close toed shoes.

Hardtack and Haversacks – Thursday, July 18 at The Carter House 10-11am

What was life like for a soldier? Children will learn what soldiers carried with them, what they ate, and see a demonstration of a Civil War gun. We will have a snack of hardtack and jerky. (Please note, children will not have access to the gun, it is for demonstration purposes only. Blanks rounds will be used.)

Who Wore What? – Thursday, August 8 at Carnton 10-11am

If you lived during the Civil War, what would you have worn every day? Children will learn about different types of clothing and even be able to try on some outfits!

A Victorian Halloween – Saturday, October 26 at Carnton 10-11am

Children will learn about how Halloween was celebrated during the mid-1800s. We will play games such as bobbing for apples, tell fortunes, make Halloween cards, and listen to ghost stories!

Christmas in Carrie’s Attic – Saturday, December 14 at Carnton 10-11am

Join us in celebrating Christmas! Children will learn about how Christmas was celebrated during the mid-1800s, listen to ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and make some Christmas decorations.

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