Programs for School Groups and Scouts




Field Trips into History

The Burwell School Historic Site offers a wide variety of programming designed for elementary and middle school groups. Our educational programs promote the exploration of the Burwell School’s history using interactive tools such as reproduction clothing, crafts, games and primary source documents to create a fun learning experience.

We are located in Historical Downtown Hillsborough, minutes from I-85/40.  We are a convenient location for Orange County, Alamance County, Durham County, Chatham County, and Wake County schools.  Our educational programs are perfect for public school, private school, and homeschool groups. 

The following is a summary of our program offerings.  Please contact us for more information or to schedule your group:

Girl Scout Patch Program

Through our partnership with the Girl Scouts of North Carolina Coastal Pines, the Historic Hillsborough Commission offers a Girl Scout Patch Program. We offer customized programming for Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Senior Girl Scout Troop levels. Click here to download a brochure about the Girl Scout Patch Program. The Girl Scout Patch Program costs $5 per participant to cover materials and related expenses (minimum 10). In addition there is a $10 administration fee for a minimum of two hours. 


Portals to the Past

Portals to the Past consists of several hour-long, interactive program modules. Each ‘portal’ explores a difference aspect of mid-19th century life. Popular ‘portals’ include All Dressed Up , Herbal Remedies, The Extraordinary Elizabeth Keckly and A School Lesson with Mary Burwell . These ‘portals’ use first-person interpreters, reproduction clothing, games, and crafts. The modules focus on the history of North Carolina, Hillsborough and the Burwell School.  Click here to learn more about each portal The Portals to the Past programs costs $2 per participant per program to cover materials and related expenses (minimum 10). 


Then and Now

 The "Then and Now " program is designed specifically for elementary students and meets many of the North Carolina curriculum standards. The program is based on a visit to the Burwell School Historic Site designed to illustrate the contrast between the life of students back “then” and the modern conveniences students enjoy “now”.  First, we lead students on a tour of the residence and provide an overview of daily life on the Burwell property. Next, we introduce students to the academic practices of the Burwell School in the Site's 1837 school building.  There they write on slates and are given a booklet with actual 19th-century lessons.  After these two instructive periods, students are given the opportunity to play a variety of 19th-century games.  The “Then and Now” program costs $2 per participant to cover materials and related expenses (minimum 10). 


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