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.

Download the School Programming Guide for 2016 – 2017 : DOWNLOAD   Program Guide 2017-18

Pre-visit materials:


Living History Days
April 12 & 13, 2018

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