Homeschool Days


November 16th
10am - 4pm

Connect with Your Heritage

Rocky Mount State Historic Site’s traditional “Homeschool Day” program allows children who are homeschooled the opportunity to take part in our Tour & Craft program. This program is typically offered to brick and motor school students and requires a “classroom” sized group for reservations. With remote learning currently offered as an educational option for students, this program is also a great opportunity for those students as well. Homeschool Day gives parents a field trip destination which aides them in the teaching of history.

Holiday Homeschool Day is similiar to our traditional Homeschool Day, just with a holiday twist. Students will still be able to partake in daily living activities, just as our ancestors would do over 250 years ago, while creating memories and family keepsakes. The interpreters on the historic site will be discussing the preparations being made for the upcoming decoration and merryment of the holiday season, as well as daily life on the frontier in 1791.

This special “hands on” learning experience is designed to give students a first-hand knowledge of not only the difficulties of, but also the celebrations in frontier life in the late 1700’s.

At Day At Rocky Mount

Admission & Craft Tickets

Admission for the day is $4 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 -17, and a family rate of $20 for families of 5 or more. Members are $3 for everyone ages 5 and older, with a family rate of $10 for families of 5 or more.

This year’s event is offering 6 different age appropriate craft opportunities at 4 different times throughout the day. Times are 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, and 2:30. The Historic Site will open for Living History Tours of the house and grounds starting at 10am and ending at 4pm. The site will close  between 12pm and 1pm for lunch.

This year’s crafts will be Candle Making (ages 5 & up), Soap Making (ages 5 & up), Dough Ornaments (ages 4 & up), Quill Pen Writing (ages 7 & up), Cornshuck Dolls (ages 8 & up), and Punched Tin (ages 8 & up). For those with children under 5, we will be offering a special craft Pinecone Birdfeeders in lue of our Rubbing into History program. Participants will be given one of Rocky Mount’s numerous pinecones, as well as peanut butter, and birdseed to make a treat for our feathered friends. Time and weather permitting, children will be taken on an outdoor tour of Rocky Mount. Age limits are based on the difficulty/safety of the class, not ability of the child.

Each craft is $3 per child per session. Registration for craft sessions MUST be made in advance of the event. Those can be made by phone at 423-538-7396. Cash or credit cards will be accepted the day of the event for payment of your craft sessions.

We ask that you pick up craft tickets 30 minutes before the first class. Gates will open at 9:30am to purchase tickets. Reservations are forfeit 15 minutes before class time.

Feel free to contact us with any other questions.

Crafts Available

Candle Making

Students will learn the traditional practice of dipping candles. They will discuss the different ingredients used to make candles in the 18th century, as well as the different types of lighting.

Soap Making

Students will make soap the modern way, while becoming acquainted with 18th century soap making techniques. They will discuss the different ingredients in soap and what each one is used for. They will also learn the origin of soap, and some of its histories.

Punched Tin

Students will learn about punched tin, and the different things it was used for. As well as, see examples from the historic site. Participants will then create their own version of punched tin.

Cornshuck dolls

Students will learn how to make a traditional 18th century toy, using natural materials. They will also learn about and discuss other types of toys and games of the era.

Quill Pen Writing

Students will be able to try writing in the style just like John Hancock or George Washington. They will discuss the importance of letter writing as communication in the 18th century, and also learn the different types of natural sources for ink.

pinecone birdfeeders

Young participants will be given the opportunity to create a feast for our feathered friends. They will pick a pinecone from Rocky Mount’s vast selection, cover it in peanut butter, then roll it in birdseed.

Dough ornaments

Students will discuss the different ways food would be stored and preserved, in the 18th century. They will also learn a few of the herbs and spices used during the time as well. While making a great decoration or gift.

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