School Group Tours

Civil War at Belle Meade Plantation
Discover the Harding family’s involvement and experiences in the war and its aftermath. The focus of the tour is on life during the Civil War with discussion centering on Middle Tennessee. Students participate in 19th century letter-writing as they read along from an original Civil War-era letter written by the plantation’s mistress. Demonstrate logic, map reading skills, and teamwork while exploring the grounds and outbuildings during the scavenger hunt.
*This program complements the classroom reading of “Sound the Jubilee”.
Program fee: $8.00 per student
Program length: 2 hours
Grade level: 5th & up

Slave Life at Belle Meade Plantation
Tour the mansion and grounds while discovering the different jobs, living conditions, food, clothing, and culture of those held in slavery at Belle Meade Plantation. Using information cards, students read the name and occupation of an enslaved worker, thus bringing life to the workers on the farm. Students participate in the Journey to Freedom game while following a chosen path of the Underground Railroad.
*This program complements the classroom reading of “Follow the Drinking Gourd” or “Sound the Jubilee”.
Program fee: $8.00 per student
Program length: 2.5 hours
Grade level: 3rd & up

100 Years of History
This program combines the frontier cabin tour and the mansion tour to examine Belle Meade’s development into one of the most famous Thoroughbred horse farms in the United States. Students gain knowledge of 19th century history by exploring Frontier Expansion, the Antebellum Era, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. Following the tour, students demonstrate logic, map reading skills, and teamwork while exploring the grounds and outbuildings during the scavenger hunt.
Program fee: $8.00 per student
Program length: 2 hours
Grade level: 5th & up


Everyday Life on the Frontier

Tour the Harding cabin and learn about daily life on the frontier. Participate in and experience daily chores, practice carding wool and spinning while learning about early clothing production in Tennessee, and make a “bed bug bag” to take home. Also demonstrate logic and teamwork as you play 19th century games.
*This program focuses on the early years of the plantation from 1807-1820 and does not include a mansion tour.
Program fee: $8.00 per student
Program length: 1.5 hours
Grade level: Pre-K & up

Everyday Life on the Plantation
Tour the 1853 mansion and learn about the Harding-Jackson family, the enslaved people who worked on the farm, and daily life with 19th century technology. Create a tin-punched candle holder and explore the science of reflecting light as well as early lighting sources. Demonstrate logic, map reading skills, and teamwork while exploring the grounds and outbuildings during the
scavenger hunt.
Program fee: $8.00 per student
Program length: 2 hours
Grade level: 3rd & up

 

Comments are closed.