Grades K-2: Now & Then: A Trip to Gunston Hall (75-90 min.)
The community we live in today is very different from Virginia long ago. Yet events at Gunston Hall over 200 years ago helped form important American ideas that still affect us today. Travel back in time to the home and plantation of George Mason. Your students will compare and contrast past and present by thinking about community, home and family, technology, and school. At the end, have recess (weather permitting) with 18th century children’s games.
Grades 4-6: Step into the 18th Century (90-120 min.)
Examine, Explore, Connect: Step out of your classroom and into 18th c. Virginia to help your 21st c. students meet the challenge of imagining life in colonial and revolutionary Virginia. Invite your students to explore the world of George Mason through an active examination of the spaces, people and activities involved in the Gunston Hall plantation—including his family, enslaved people and other workers.
Grades 9-12: George Mason & the Battle over Rights (120 min.)
George Mason was passionate about preserving individual rights. Your students will be actively engaged as they examine primary sources, debate, and explore. They will discover the influences upon Mason, his perspectives on rights, and the 18th c. limits on who was protected by these rights. And, they will consider their own ideas about human rights.
Other Grades: Please contact Gunston Hall education staff via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to determine which program is the best fit for your students.
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Fees for Field Trips
Standard Programs for Groups of 10-89 Students:
Make it “extraordinary” by adding costumed interpreter, such as a cook, storyteller, or historic character: additional $2/student
Standard Programs for Groups of 90-150 Students:
Includes additional hands-on activities, as well as a costumed interpreter, such as a cook, storyteller, or historic character.
Standard Programs for Groups of 151-350 Students:
Includes additional hands-on activities and music, as well as a costumed interpreter, such as a cook, storyteller, or historic character.
Title I schools
Title I school receive complimentary admission for any standard program up to 89 students. Programs for more than 90 students on one day, “extraordinary” experiences, or special programs pay the difference from standard price. For example, a Title I school wishing to have an “extraordinary” experience will be charged $2/student, $2/chaperone.
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