Field Trips

To schedule a field trip to any of our properties, contact Julius Dargan at 

 

 

 

 

Regional History Museum

Regional History Museum

Regional History Museum

The History Museum showcases and captures our region’s life from before European explorers to the present. include a walk through time-line from the early days of Spanish explorers like Juan Pardo to the late 20th Century with special focus on Spartanburg’s rich textile heritage, Spartanburg’s involvement in fight for American independence, World Wars I and II training camps in Spartanburg, Spartanburg “By the Numbers,” Where People Meet, a Decorative Arts Gallery featuring Spartanburg and Piedmont area furniture, pottery, quilts, samplers and artwork, and special temporary exhibits throughout the year. All programs in the Museum meet specific state academic standards in Social Studies and English Language Arts. These programs are available for all types of groups from students to Senior Adults and are modified to serve any audience.

Tour: $4 Adults, $3 Seniors & Veterans, $2 Students, Free 5 & under
Tour with Activity: $4 per student, Limit 40 

Available Activities:

 

Walnut Grove Plantation

Walnut Grove Plantation

Walnut Grove Plantation

Walnut Grove Plantation’s guided tours and living history activities tell the stories of the free and enslaved people who settled South Carolina’s Backcountry and the rest of Britain’s American colonies, who fought for independence, and who, in the end, built a new nation. 

Guided Tour Only: $3 per student
Guided Tour with Living History Activity: $5 per student
Adult chaperones, $5 each; School employees, Free
Groups of 10 to 100 students; maximum group total of 120 students & chaperones unless otherwise noted 

 

Picnic shelter and child-friendly gift shop on site 

Available Living History Activities:

PIONEER PASTIMES 
Try graces, Jacob’s ladders, and other 18th-century toys and games. Then, make a toy to take home. (20 to 100 students) 

BUTTER CHURNING
Two centuries ago, churning butter was a common chore for children. Make butter and taste your work. (50 students or fewer; uses wheat & milk products, so please inform us of any food allergies) 
 
REVOLUTION! 
Learn about life for Revolutionary War soldiers, equip a soldier with the supplies necessary for survival, and take part in a militia drill. (50 students or fewer; includes student use of wooden "dummy gun" muskets and weapons firing by re-enactor) 
 
COLONIAL COOKING
Create a period dish over a cook fire just like colonial people and then sample your dish when finished. (50 students or fewer; uses wheat & milk products, so please inform us of any food allergies) 
 
LIGHT UP THE BACKCOUNTRY
Colonial people used homemade candles for nighttime light. Hand-dip your own candle to take home. (20 to 100 students) 

COMMON THREADS

Learn how early Americans used wool, flax, and cotton to clothe themselves, create your own thread from raw cotton and operate a real loom! (24 students or fewer)

SOUTH CAROLINA HISTORY DAY AT WALNUT GROVE: AN ALL-DAY FIELD TRIP FOR 8TH GRADE CLASSES

Let Walnut Grove host your school's 8th-grade class for a full day of hands-on history. They'll tour our 1765 manor house, 1777 kitchen and 1770 schoolhouse, see a Revolutionary War soldier brought to life (including a firing demonstration of a period-replica long rifle), get up close and personal with livestock and local fauna at our natural history exhibit, and explore our grounds including historic outbuildings, cemetery and nature trail.  (up to 264 students - 1 month advance notice required)

 

Historic Price House

Historic Price House

Historic Price House

Price House guided tours and living history activities tell how free and enslaved residents transformed the frontier Backcountry into the antebellum Upcountry through improved roads and communications, more non-farm businesses, and an explosion in cotton farming and slave labor.

Guided Tour Only: $2 per child
Guided Tour with Living History Activity: $4 per child
Adult chaperones, $4 each; School employees, Free
Groups of 10 to 60 children; maximum group total of 70 children & adults

Picnic area on site.

A TRIP TO PRICE'S POST OFFICE (PROGRAM FOR 2ND GRADERS BASED ON SOUTH CAROLINA SOCIAL STUDIES ACADEMIC STANDARDS)

Can you find Price's Post Office on a map?  You can if you know where to look!  Students will get a chance to study a map of Spartanburg surveyed in 1820 and find the very spot where they are standing.  They'll learn why Thomas Price built his house here and how he could run a farm, an inn, a tavern, a general store, and a post office all at once.

Before your journey to Price's Post Office, complete the in-class activity available here.

After the tour, students will get to "mail" their letters using 19th century methods of addressing and sealing (involves wet ink and hot wax).

For a discounted price of $2, take a copy of J. Whitten's 1820 map of Spartanburg back to your classroom for use as a reference - it makes a great wall hanging too!

This program is designed to reflect and enhance the study of Social Studies Indicators 2-1.1, 2-1.4, and 2-1.5.  (40 students or fewer)

A SLAVE'S LIFE (PROGRAM FOR 3RD, 4TH, AND 5TH GRADERS BASED ON SOUTH CAROLINA SOCIAL STUDIES ACADEMIC STANDARDS)

Students will use a variety of resources including the slave cabin, music, and primary source documents to find out what life was like for African-Americans both before and after the Civil War.  Meet an enslaved family through letters and photographs, listen to a recording of a field-hand's song, and discover a slave's value - both the prices they commanded on the open market and the contributions enslaved African-Americans made to our young nation.

Teachers may choose to utilize the transcription of Anne Price's Inventory showing the prices of slaves for classroom activities.  The transcription is available here.

This program is designed to reflect and enhance the study of Social Studies Indicators 3-2.5, 3-4.1, 3-4.2, 3-4.6, 4-2.3, 5-1.2, and 5-1.4.  (40 students or fewer)

 

Seay House

Seay House

Seay House

The Seay House shares the stories of women in the late 1800s through the lens of three Seay sisters who
lived in the home and ran their self-sufficient farm. The Seay House is believed to be the oldest house inside
the city limits of Spartanburg. Evidence indicates that it was built prior to 1850.

Guided Tour Only: $2 per child
Guided Tour with Living History Activity: $4 per child
Adult chaperones, $4 each; School employees, Free
Maximum group total of 40 children & adults

Available Living History Programs:


KIDS' CHORES AND PLAY
Children had a wide range of chores in the 1890s, but they also had time for recreation. During a tour of the Seay House, children learn about life in Spartanburg during this period and the chores such as laundry, cooking, and weaving. Children will learn to weave through a simple project that they can take home. They will also play traditional games such as Red Rover, Crack the Whip, and Froggie in the Middle.


THE HISTORY OF GARDENS
This program addresses both science and history. We've partnered with Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve to provide students with a two-part field trip. A tour of the Seay House illustrates the lives of typical Spartanburg residents during the 1890s. Afterwards, students will be given a brief environmental history and a chance to do their own planting project to take home. Then students will take a trip over to
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve for their educational guided tour. (Note: an additional $3 per child will be due to Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve.)