Hands on History

Hands on History

Hands on History classes are offered throughout the year at The Carter House and Carnton Plantation. This activity-based class is for children ages 5 - 12 who want to experience history where it happened!

Past classes have included: Drummer Boy, Plantation Life in the 1800s, The Birth of Photography, Zouave Life and Christmas in Carrie's Attic.

Classes are $15 per child and reservations are required. All classes are held from 10 am to 12 pm. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Angell Wallace at (615) 794-0903 or angell@boft.org.

2016 Class Schedule:

A Victorian Valentine's Day in Carrie's Attic
February 13, 2016
10 am - 12 pm at Carnton Plantation

Children will enjoy making old fashioned Valentine cards to send to their loved ones and decorating a special box to keep their very own valentines in.  We will look at authentic Valentines sent from soldiers and from their loved ones back home.  This was an important time for soldiers because many of them had wives and children back home that they missed very much.  Many soldiers had a sweetheart that they thought about daily and could not wait to see again.  Soldiers would send a Valentine home to them in hopes that they would also receive one in return.  Children, spouses, and sweethearts could not wait to show how much their soldier is truly missed.

Digging Up the Past
April 16, 2016
10 am - 12 pm at Carnton Plantation

Children will have the opportunity to do their own archeological dig! All of the items they will be looking for are authentic and of the time period when the McGavock family lived in the home.  They will also be able to take home one of their very own authentic civil war items they find.  After their dig we will have a scavenger hunt of the grounds around Carnton.  So much can be learned about the grounds, out buildings and cemetery.  On this day children will take home much more than an artifact.  They will take home a piece of our American history. 

Becoming a Drummer Boy
September 17, 2016
10 am - 12 pm at The Carter House

Because of the age requirement to enlist in the military many young boys were allowed to participate in the war effort by becoming “Drummer Boys.” In this class children will learn about what it was like for young boys during the American Civil War who made the decision to join the military along with their older friends and family members.  The children will learn about the involvement these boys would have alongside the soldiers. We will have a show and tell of several Civil War era musical instruments, along with examples of the songs the soldiers would sing in battle and camp. After crafting their own drum, the class will be able to drum along to camp and field favorites, and walk Franklin’s battlefield.

Cemetery Mysteries
November 26, 2016
10 am - 12 pm at Carnton Plantation

Children will learn about some of the symbols most used on grave stones to tell a bit more about the person buried there.  For instance a lamb on a grave would tell that an infant is buried there.  Children will have a chance to uncover stones that are unreadable and to solve mysteries hidden within the cemetery.

Christmas in Carrie's Attic
December 17, 2016
10 am - 12 pm at Carnton Plantation

The children will be read 'Twas the night before Christmas, make Old fashioned Christmas cards and ornaments and may even be visited by old Saint Nicholas himself! A quote from America V. Cattles who is Moscow Carter's wife from The Carter House wrote in a letter: “We all took Christmas dinner here together. Christmas night we all went to church where we had a Christmas tree, all of the children received nice presents. The tree was beautiful and it was the first one I ever saw.”
This was dated January 1869.