Education & Field Trips

We offer a variety of activities for any groups that would like to visit Old Swedes for educational programs. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call Jane Conlon, Education & Visitor Services Coordinator, at (302) 652-5629 or email Tours are scheduled on Thursdays and Fridays from March through November.

Our site can accommodate up to 80 students (40 per day) over a two-day period at $5 per student. We can customize your trip to meet your needs and ours. Please pair your students up before you arrive at our site. Our site is not handicapped accessible. Students can eat lunch on-site, indoors or outdoors, and 18th century games are available to play during the lunch period (upon request).

Pick 3 stations that fit your curriculum:

Can You Dig It?

Archeological Excavation Site (outside—tent available)

EQ: How does the work of archeologists help us understand the past?

  • Introduction question: If someone looked through your trash today, what would it say about you?
  • Learn what archeologists do and why.
  • Learn about the actual archeological dig conducted at Old Swedes.
  • Student simulate archeologists’ work. Participate in a simulated dig.
  • Students excavate artifacts from the 18th century, process artifacts, analyze the data.

Breakfast at the Hendrickson House: A Child’s Life Revealed Then and Now

EQ: How has a child’s life changed over 300 years and why?

  • Students dress as the Hendrickson children.
  • Students engage in children’s morning chores before breakfast.
  • Students enact 18th century table manners.
  • Students enact behavior in the presence of adults.
  • Discuss the difference between then and now.

Where There’s a Will There’s a Way (4th grade and older)

EQ: How does a primary source help us understand the past?

  • Pairs examine original 1722 will of Andrew Hendrickson.
  • Students discover the Hendricksons’ life through researching Andrew Hendrickson’s will.
  • Students bequeath their top 3 special possessions to people they care about and decide why, written in quill pen.

School Days: Then and Now

EQ: What changes have occurred in schools over the centuries and why do you think this is?

  • Read Aloud Hornbooks and Inkwells.
  • Discuss school rules from The School of Manners.
  • Activity: make a horn book, write with a quill pen, matching game.
  • Take home a copy of school rules.

If These Stones Could Talk: Find the Untold Stories

EQ: What untold stories does this burial ground have that helps us understand what people had to endure through the centuries so we can enjoy our lives today?

  • Students work in small groups to discover people from the past who struggled.
  • Students engage in puzzle making, searching the burial grounds, read untold stories, and creatively share what they learned with the whole group.

Traditional Church Scavenger Hunt: Discover the Church’s History

EQ: Why is the Church important to our national story?

  • Work in pairs—hands-on activity engaging reading, writing, and speaking to discover the story of Old Swedes.
  • Return to pews and share what they learned.