Education Program & Tours

Tours: General Hours

  • Tuesday through Saturday: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  • Please note that the house is accessible only by guided tour. We strongly encourage visitors to call ahead to ensure tour availability or visit during our Open House hours.

Open House Hours

  • Saturdays, April-October: 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
  • Tours of both the house and barn are available during our open house hours.

Private Events and Private Tours

Cherry Hill is closed to the public during private events. Please check our calendar or contact us before arriving. Private and Group Tours can be scheduled for other times by calling the number above. Please call Corey Jannicelli at 703-248-5171 (TTY 711) or email cjannicelli@fallschurchva.gov.

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.
  • Girl Scout 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.
  • Social Butterfly – Junior 
    Scouts will learn about a girl’s life in mid-19th century Virginia, including proper table manners, conversation tips being a gracious guest. This 2 hour program fulfills all badge requirements and can be combined with the Victorian Tea and Manners program.
    Fee: $5.00 per girl (actual badge not included)

  • Making Games – Brownies
    Scouts will tour the farmhouse, complete a scavenger hunt, and learn a variety of parlor games. Girls will create their own parlor games and invent a sport using Victorian era toys. This 2 hour program fulfills all badge requirements.
    Fee: $5.00 per girl (actual badge not included)

  • Playing the Past– Juniors
    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. Girls will have the chance to get into character trying on period clothes, writing with quill pens, making butter and playing parlor games. This 2 hour program fulfills all badge requirements.
    Fee: $5.00 per girl (actual badge not included)

Summer History Camps



Blast Into the Past

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.

Monday July 10 - Friday July 14 (Activity # 381801-C)
Monday July 24 - Friday July 28 (Activity #381801-E)
Monday Aug 28 - Friday Sept 1 (Activity #381801-J)

Register 703-248-5027 with above activity #  - Cost is $285 for residence / $305 for non-residence

An American Adventure
Travel to some of our nation's iconic heritage sites to discover our country's past through influential places and hands on experiences. Each day of this week long camp will cover a different time in our nation's history. Camp runs Monday July 19 to July 21 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m
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Register 703-248-5027 with activity # 381802-D - Cost is $325 for residence / $345 for non-residence