The Field Trip, A Day in the 19th Century, is offered in the fall and spring. We have about 4,000 students attend our program every year. The William Harris Homestead (circa 1825) is located in north Walton County, on Ga Hwy 11. The field trip takes approx 2 1/2 hours, and the students rotate through four “units,” learning about different aspects of living in a rural setting in the 1800’s. The four units are:
1. Learning about the Creek Indians and hayride through the farmland to the Apalachee River
2. Exploring the log house–information about the different transition periods: Early Settlers, King Cotton years, Civil War, and Reconstruction. Demonstrations of carding, spinning, weaving and info on open-hearth cooking
3. Living Out of Doors–Explore cellar of log house, discussion of kitchen garden with medicines and herbs, candle-making, trip to Harris family cemetery, and seeing the smokehouse where meat was preserved
4. Civil War Soldier Life–Civil War reenactor talks about the life of a soldier during 1861-1865.
After the formal field trip, there is a sheep-herding demonstration. Bring a picnic for lunch on the grounds. Nominal fee per student, teacher (one parent) is free. See Website for more details and contact information. 770-267-5844. Dotty Zazworsky, Managing Director and Trustee