Education Program & Tours

Tours
Guided tours of the mid-19th century farmhouse are given Monday-Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and on Saturdays (April-October) from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Private tours are available for groups of ten or more. Educational tours for school and youth groups are also available. Advance reservations are required or all group tours. Please call 703-248-5171 (TTY 711) for more information.

Education Programs
Cherry Hill offers a variety of exciting educational programs for children, including school groups, home schooled children and scouts. Children can experience 19th century life as they tour the fully furnished 1845 farmhouse and get a hands-on experience in the barn as they examine 19th century machines and farming implements. Advance reservations are required. One adult chaperone per 10 students admitted free. Please call 703-248-5171 (TTY 711) for more information.

School Programs
Advance reservations are required for all school groups. Our tours highlight family life on a farm in mid-19th century Virginia. We have two interdisciplinary school programs that support Virginia's Standard of Learning (SOLs).
  • Simple Machines Program For Third Graders
    This tour offers many hands-on opportunities for self-discovery. Children will tour the farmhouse and barn to learn how both simple and compound machines made life easier for the 19th century farmer. They will have a hands-on experience as they tour the farmhouse and examine and identify simple machines a housewife would have used in her kitchen. Students will then tour the barn and identify simple and compound machines the farmer would have used in his barn. They will have an opportunity to operate a simple pulley and shell and grind corn using old machines.

    SOLs: Science 3.1, 3.2; History 3.7; English 3.1

    The cost is $2.00 per child. One adult chaperone per 10 students admitted free.

  • Civil War Homefront Program for Grade 4
    Students will use primary sources and examine Civil War artifacts to learn how the Civil War affected civilians in Northern Virginia. They will then tour the Farmhouse and Barn to learn how the Blaisdell family survived the Civil War at Cherry Hill.

    SOLs: History and Social Sciences VS.1, VS.7; Science 4.8; English 4.1, 4.2

    The cost is $2.00 per child. One adult chaperone per 10 students admitted free.
Home School Tours
The Cherry Hill Farmhouse does special programs for educational groups including home-schooled students. Advance reservations are required. Please call 703-248-5171 (TTY 711) for more information.

The tours focus on family life in mid-19th century rural Virginia and can be tailored to meet specific educational interests. For example, we can highlight the Civil War years at Cherry Hill or we can discuss simple machines used by farmers.

The cost is $2.00 per child. One adult chaperone per 10 students admitted free.

Scout Programs

The Cherry Hill Farmhouse does special programs for Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops on request. Advance reservations are required, price varies. One adult chaperone per 10 students admitted free. Please call 703-248-5171 (TTY 711) for more information.
  • Victorian Tea and Manners – All Levels
    (Non-scouts see Tea webpage) Scouts will learn about a girl’s life in mid-19th century Virginia, including proper tea etiquette. They will then enjoy tea in our lovely dining room. A tour of the farmhouse is included.

    Sweet Tea – consists of sweets, fruit and tea or lemonade and is $15.00 per person.

    High Tea – consists of sandwiches, assorted sweets, scones and tea and is $20.00 per person.
  • A Girl’s Life in Mid-19th Century Virginia – Brownies
    Scouts will learn about a girl’s life in the 1800s s they tour the farmhouse and listen to the oral histories of past occupants. They will then play an old-fashioned parlor game.

    This tour is geared towards the Listening to the Past Try-It and meets 2 requirements.

    Fee: $2.00 per girl.
  • 19th Century Toy Makers – Brownies
    Scouts will tour the farmhouse and examine our collection of 19th century toys before trying their hand at making their own old-fashioned toy.

    Fee: $5.00 per girl
  • Our Rural American Heritage – Juniors
    Juniors can work on their My Heritage badge as they play games their ancestors may have played, learn the origins and meanings of many old sayings and hear many entertaining stories of past occupants as we tour the 1845 farmhouse.

    Fee: $5.00 per girl
Summer History Camps

Blast Into the Past Camp
During the summer months Cherry Hill Farm offers camps where children can step back in time and experience first hand what a girl’s life was like in 19th century Virginia. Children will dress in period clothing, do crafts, play old-fashioned games, become amateur archaeologists and learn about life during the Civil War. The camp runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Camp dates for Summer 2016 will become available soon.