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.

Students learning from “Mrs. McDowell” at Living History Day 2017

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!!

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 field trip by email: [email protected].

Download the NEW School Programming Guide for 2018 – 2019: CLICK HERE

Pre-visit materials:


Living History Days
April 11, 12, 2019

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, 2019 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