SCHOOL PROGRAMS & TOURS
Our experienced Education staff and volunteers provide children’s tours engineered for specific age groups or for grades K – 8th. Each tour will be slightly different, but should include the following basic topics. The tour was designed to meet current Social Studies Curriculum and we have included core standards that were considered in the development of each section of the tour in the following synopsis.
School Programs & Tours
School visits start at $5 per child
K-2nd grade programming
Boy’s life and Girl’s life
Take a close look at a boy’s life and a girl’s life on the plantation by looking through the eyes of Dr. Caldwell’s children William , Sara Jane, and his enslaved laborer Rena. Learn how family life was different for children living in 1840. See how they dressed, what they ate, and the chores they did on a daily basis.
3-5th grade programming
Life on the Plantation
Examine the life of Dr. Caldwell, a doctor and a middle-class farmer living in the 1840’s, by looking at the lives of his children and 23 enslaved workers. Explore “Heroic” medicine, attends a classroom session with a 19th century tutor, and go to work and “midnight school” with his enslaved people. (click here to get teacher resource guide)
In the Doctor’s Shop
Experience science outdoors as we look at early medicine and how plants, observation, and the regional environment helped Dr. Caldwell- a medical doctor and Apothecary- make healing mixtures for the patients he visited.
6th-12th grade programming
Talk to Jenny, the cook on the Caldwell Plantation, and ask her about her life as enslaved person living at Rosedale. Learn what she and other enslaved people did to help the family gain their wealth, discuss how she feels about living a lifetime of enslavement, and find out how she feels the Civil War will affect her life. This is a Living History educational program.
Herbs and Herbarium
Take a close look at the Apothecary profession by exploring Dr. Caldwell’s medical practice and patient journals, and learn how they used herbs and Herbariums to help shape today’s modern sciences of chemistry and pharmacology.
Plantation Life House Tour
Take a tour of Historic Rosedale Plantation and observe 200 years of change in Mecklenburg County through the lives’ of one family and the enslaved people that lived here. Learn how the family survived living in Cotton Kingdom without growing cotton, see how the Civil War effected their lives, and discover how the last generation adapted to the city’s changing landscape as charlotte moved from a rural to urban environment with the opening of cotton mills.