Homeschool Days are a great way to meet other homeschooling families from Middle Tennessee and on these special dates there is no minimum number required to book your tour!
Participation in each Homeschool Day is $10 per student. Each family receives one free Parent-Educator admission. Additional Adults are $15 per person. Younger (non-participating) siblings are welcome to observe at no cost and do not need a ticket. All tickets must be purchased online and are non-refundable and not transferable. You will receive your ticket by email. Picnic Areas are available. For more information email [email protected]
**New Times for 2018-19!! All Programs are 10.00am – 12.00pm (The Christmas program has a second time option, as well.)
Fall In! A Belle Meade Civil War Experience
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
All Ages Welcome; Best for Grades 1 and Up/ 2 hours
Experience the daily life of a Civil War soldier! Be mustered into the Army and learn the regular maneuvers of an Infantryman as you march with one of our wooden rifles! Try your hand at sending military communications with a signal flag and telegraph, and then discover all the important items a soldier in the 1860s would keep near. Find out what tools would help keep a wounded soldier alive after battle… and all the diseases that might hinder his recovery! Wrap up the morning with a live black-powder firing of our replica 1861 cannon. (Cannon firing will take place weather-permitting; this program does not include a mansion tour.)
Join us for a special glimpse into the Christmas traditions of the Jackson family in the late 1800s and discover the ways our modern holiday celebrations compare to those of the Victorian era. While you wait for your turn to tour the mansion, try playing a few traditional Victorian parlor games and make your own Victorian-inspired holiday ornaments to take home! This tour is particularly inspired by the personal letters and first-hand accounts of the Jacksons’ Christmas celebrations with their friends and family.
We welcome you to our newest field trip experience! Take one of several tour routes through the mansion and grounds as you follow a day in the lives of Millie and Monroe, two children who labored on the Belle Meade Farm in the years surrounding the Civil War. Interact with our engaging storytellers and examine the symbolism found in African American music and folk art of the time. Create your own symbolic art as you develop a deeper understanding of the African American experience in the 1800s, from the daily struggles of slavery, to the complicated nature of freedom, and the ways in which enslaved people both thrived and survived in difficult times.
All BOOKed Up! Hands-On Experiences with Your Favorite Children’s Novels
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Great for All Ages/ 2 hours
Journey with us into the great stories of the late 19th century! From Alice in Wonderland and Treasure Island to Tom Sawyer and Anne of Green Gables, there is something for everyone at this Homeschool Day! Try your hand at vintage card and parlor games, explore the world of Victorian maps and travel, and find out how naturalism influenced our greatest writers. Filled with hands-on learning, crafts, games, stories and fun, this is one adventure into the world of children’s literature that you won’t want to miss!