“Interactive” means more than engaging with multi-media exhibits. When you bring your students to one of these Living History museums, they can interact and truly engage with residents of a different time and place.
You’ll find yourself immersed in the 18th century as you walk down Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Virginia’s first capitol city. A number of craftsmen demonstrate their trades, including blacksmithing, silversmithing and wigmaking. Costumed interpreters provide information about the political activities of the time.
The Amish Experience
A designated “Heritage Site,” the Amish Experience in Lancaster has been welcoming and educating students in the way of the Old Order Amish of today. You’ll visit the homestead, school and farmlands in an all encompassing experience.
Plimoth Plantation & Wampanoag Homesite
Your students will return to the early 17th century on their visit to Plimoth Plantation, where the daily life of early colonists is vividly demonstrated, including farming, building and cooking techniques. At the Wampanoag Homesite, descendants of original inhabitants of the area educate visitors about the Native People’s way of life at the time.
(Wampanoag Homesite photo credit Rusty Moore)
A popular addition to many Washington, DC, itineraries, George Washington’s Mount Vernon introduces guests to his 18th century life. In addition to the mansion itself, the estate includes more than a dozen outbuildings, where the work to support its inhabitants was done. Visitors also learn about the history and fate of the enslaved people and our first president’s complicated relationship with slavery. Plan enough time to explore the expansive grounds as well as a variety of museum exhibits.
Mystic Seaport Museum introduces visitors to coastal life in 19th century New England. America’s last wooden whaleship, the Charles W. Morgan, is a must see and an education in the important shipbuilding trade. All the supporting trades of the period are brought to life in the Seaport Village.