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Homeschool Day's 2021

Saturday - March 27th 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 this year, 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.

This year’s crafts will be Candle Making (ages 5 & up), Fireplace Cooking (ages 8 & up), Natural Dying (ages 5 & up), Toys & Games (ages 5 & up), and Pewter Casting (ages 8 & up). For those with children under 5, we will be offering a special class called Sheep to Shawl. Children will hear a story, work with wool, and visit with the Rocky Mount sheep. They will be encouraged to use their senses and imaginations, to learn about colonial textiles. Age limits are based on the difficulty/safety of the class, NOT ability of the child. Those partaking in Fireplace Cooking and Pewter Casting 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

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 hard-boiled egg. 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.

toys & games

Students will test their sewing skills while making a bean bag. They will become acquainted with 18th century toys and games. They will also be able to play with period appropriate toys and games, time permitting.

Pewter Casting

Students will use traditional techniques and tools to make a musket ball, shell, heart, or flower out of pewter. They will discuss the importance of pewter in the 18th century, and also learn the difference between pewter today and pewter in the 18th century. 

Sheep to Shawl

Children will hear a story, work with wool, and visit with the Rocky Mount sheep. They will be encouraged to use their senses and imaginations, to learn about colonial textiles.

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