School Programs

All school programming and field trips to Smith-McDowell House Museum include pre- and post-visit materials to provide a learning experience rich in historical and chronological thinking. All programs and lessons are based on the North Carolina Essential Standards for Social Studies for grades 3 through 9 with adaptations for other grades.

A Field Trip to the Smith-McDowell House can be an exciting way to enhance your school curriculum! Allow 2 to 2 1/2 hours for program and activities. All Field Trips include a house tour through period rooms (1840s – 1890s). Choose an interest program as listed in the Programming Guide or from the Traveling Trunks and Kits. Due to the size of the Museum, there is a limit of no more than two classes at a time. Field Trips are $3 per student. Teachers, assistants, and up to 4 chaperones per class are FREE. Home-school groups and Scout Troops can also schedule a Field Trip!!

NEW for 2019-2020!! Field Trips will offer TIME TRAVEL themes!! Your choice on one of the following themes based on the House and Asheville:

Communication: From hand-written notes and letters to telegraph and telephone. Write your name in telegraph code and look at 1800s newspaper articles.

African-American Experience: The history of the house begins during the time of slavery and, later, emancipation. We will learn about the influence of African Americans on Asheville’s history.

Clothing: What did they wear “back then”? Through artifacts, reproductions and costumes students will explore a time-line of popular fashion from 1840 to 1890.

Christmas: During Christmas season, students will use Clement Moore’s poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” as we ‘travel’ from its original publication to a time when the poem becomes an iconic part of Christmas celebrations.

Our new program guide will be posted very soon!!

Traveling Trunks and Kits: Check out a Trunk or Kit and keep in your classroom for a week. FREE! with a $15 deposit. (If you choose to leave your deposit as a donation, we use those funds for field trip scholarships.) Trunks include artifacts and a weeks’ worth of lesson plans. Kits are smaller units or individual lessons with everything you need. See the Programming Guide for more information.

In-School Programming: Let us bring the Museum to YOU! Programs may be presented to one class or two classes at a time. Still only $3 per student. More details in the School Programming Guide. Reserve your in-school program by email: [email protected].

Download the NEW School Programming Guide for 2019-2020: CLICK HERE

Pre-visit materials:


Living History Days
Tentative dates: April 23 & 24, 2020

Our very popular event for 4th and 5th graders. Check out the School Programming Guide (above) for more information and reserve your class!!
For reservation, email [email protected]. Registration closes on March 15, 2020 but this fills up fast!! Home-school families may also register.

Only $3 per student  – teachers, assistants and up to 4 chaperones per class are FREE.

Pre-visit materials:
Teacher Slide Show: HERE
Student Slide Show: HERE
2019 Curriculum Guide: HERE
Architectural Slide Show: HERE
Architectural Hunt Info: HERE

2018 Pictures… All photos can be viewed HERE

FACEBOOK: WNC Historical Association & Smith-McDowell House