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!!

Download the School Programming Guide for 2016 – 2017 : DOWNLOAD 

Pre-visit materials:


Living History Days
April 6 & 7, 2017

Our very popular event for 4th and 5th graders. Check out the School Programming Guide for more information and reserve your class!! Or email [email protected] Registration closes on March 15, 2017 but this fills up fast!!  Home-school families may also register for Friday April 7. The School Programming Guide above includes more information.

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

2017 Pictures… All photos can be viewed HERE

Pre-visit materials:
Teacher Slide Show: HERE
Student Slide Show: HERE
2017 Curriculum Guide: HERE
Architectural Slide Show: HERE
Architectural Hunt Info: HERE