Van Cortlandt Manor School Programs

Through Young Eyes: 18th-Century Community

Through Young Eyes School Program

Grades: K-3
Program length: 2 hours
Price: $8 per person
Group limit: 40 students

In an exploration of individuals, families, and communities in the past and present, younger students participate in hands-on activities that help to show what life was like 200 years ago. The program includes a tour of Van Cortlandt Manor, plus two activity stations. Specific activity stations are subject to availability and may include churning butter, picking and carding wool, and exploring period artifacts.

Reflections of Everyday Life

Reflections Of Everyday Life School Program at Van Cortlandt Manor

Grades: 4-6
Program length: 2 hours
Price: $9 per person
Group limit: 48 students

Discover how citizens in early America met their fundamental needs. Students explore the physical and cultural aspects of daily life through a site tour and hands-on workshops. Specific workshops are subject to availability and may include open-hearth cooking, medicine, and textiles.

Crafts & Tasks

Tinsmith Activity at Van Cortlandt Manor

Grades: 4-7
Program length: 4 1/2 hours
Price: $18 per person
Group limit: 48 students

An expanded version of Reflections of Every Day Life allows students to spend more time at activity stations to participate in and observe household chores from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. These intensive experiences may include open-hearth cooking, medicine, games, tinsmith, and blacksmith.

NOTE: Program time includes 1/2 hour for lunch.

Special Event! Hard Work Hand Work

Hard Work Hand Work School Program at Van Cortlandt Manor

June 5-18, 2019
Grades: 3-7
Program length: 4 hours
Price: $12 per person
Group limit: 120 students

Tinsmithing, broom making, textile production, candle making, and open-hearth cooking are only a few of the engaging, hands-on activities your students experience when they participate in this program. In small groups led by museum educators in period attire, students navigate the busy landscape and gain an understanding of the skills, trades, and chores that were part of daily life on the Manor during the New Nation Era. A child-focused tour of the Manor’s historic buildings completes the educational visit. This program begins at 10:00 am and concludes at 1:45 pm, with a half-hour lunch break. (Activities may change, subject to seasonality.)