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Homeschool Day's 2021

Tuesday - September 14, 2021 & Monday - October 18, 2021

A Day At Rocky Mount

Connect with Your Heritage

Rocky Mount State Historic Site’s seasonal “Homeschool Days” program allows children who are homeschooled the opportunity to take part in our Tour & Craft program. This program is traditionally offered to brick and motor school students and requires a “classroom” sized group for reservations. With remote learning offered as an educational option for students, our Homeschool Days program is also a great opportunity for those students as well.

Homeschool Days gives parents a field trip destination which aides them in the teaching of history. Students will be able to partake in daily living activities, just as our ancestors would do over 250 years ago. This special “hands on” learning experience is designed to give students a first-hand knowledge of the difficulties of frontier life in the late 1700’s.

This homeschool day’s has planned and put together by the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, and the Rocky Mount Historical Association.

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.

As in previous years, this year’s event is offering 5 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 each day between 12pm and 1pm for lunch. Feel free to pack a picnic and enjoy the scenery and fresh air at our picnic tables.

Crafts on September 14th will be Candle Making (ages 5 & up), Fireplace Cooking (ages 8 & up), Natural Dying (ages 5 & up), Leather Journal Making (ages 10 & up), and Wood Working (ages 9 & up). The crafts for October 18th will be the same, Candle Making (ages 5 & up), Fireplace Cooking (ages 8 & up), Natural Dying (ages 5 & up), Pewter Casting (ages 10 & up), and Pumpkin Carving (ages 10 & up).

On both days, we will be offering a special class for children under 5 called Rubbing into History. Children will be given crayons and paper and will be taken on an outdoor tour of Rocky Mount. They will take these materials and make “rubbings” of the historic site, and other objects they encounter along their tour. They will also be encouraged to use their senses and imaginations, to learn about colonial life.

AGE LIMITS ARE BASED ON THE DIFFICULTY/SAFETY OF THE CLASS, NOT ABILITY OF THE CHILD. Those partaking in Fireplace Cooking MUST wear closed toed shoes to participate.

Each craft is $3 per child per session. Registration for craft sessions 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 9:45am to purchase tickets. Reservations are forfeit 15 minutes before class time.

Feel free to contact us with any other questions.

Crafts Available
September 14th

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.

Fireplace Cooking

Students will receive hands-on experience cooking over an open fire, using the 3 basic cooking methods – baking, boiling, and frying. They will highlight some of the foods typically cooked in the late 18th century, and the cooking methods compared to those of today.

Natural Dying

Students will learn the basic process of natural dying and execute it by dying a small muslin bag. They will talk about the use and importance of natural dying in the 18th century. They will also discuss other materials that can be dyed, as well as other natural sources that can be used to give color.

Leather Journal Making

Students will test their sewing skills while making a leather journal. They will become acquainted with the importance of journals and penmanship in the 18th century. They will also be able to practice their penmanship, by writing in the period appropriate style, time permitting.

Wood working

Students will use traditional techniques and tools to make a wooden birdhouse. They will discuss the importance of the wood working trade in the 18th century, and learn the relevance of wood working in the 21st century. 

RUBBING INTO HISTORY

Children will be given crayons and paper and will be taken on an outdoor tour of Rocky Mount. They will take these materials and make “rubbings” of the historic site, and other objects they encounter along their tour. They will also be encouraged to use their senses and imaginations, to learn about colonial life.

Crafts Available
October 18th

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.

Fireplace Cooking

Students will receive hands-on experience cooking over an open fire, using the 3 basic cooking methods – baking, boiling, and frying. They will highlight some of the foods typically cooked in the late 18th century, and the cooking methods compared to those of today.

Natural Dying

Students will learn the basic process of natural dying and execute it by dying a small muslin bag. They will talk about the use and importance of natural dying in the 18th century. They will also discuss other materials that can be dyed, as well as other natural sources that can be used to give color.

PUMPkin Carving

Did you know that carving a Jack-o-Lantern may not have started with pumpkins? Students will learn about the origins of pumpkin carving, as well as other Halloween fun facts and lore. They will carve pumpkins in traditional ways using modern tools.

Pewter Casting

Students will take a trip to the Rocky Mount blacksmith shop and spend time with the blacksmith. They will learn about the blacksmith trade and its importance to the community. Students will use pewter to mold either a heart, musket ball, seashell, or flower.

RUBBING INTO HISTORY

Children will be given crayons and paper and will be taken on an outdoor tour of Rocky Mount. They will take these materials and make “rubbings” of the historic site, and other objects they encounter along their tour. They will also be encouraged to use their senses and imaginations, to learn about colonial life.

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