With this in mind, the Heritage Alliance will be holding its first ever Homeschool Day on Friday, May 18, which will include a variety of history and heritage-based activities for children in grades 1-12 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Special Projects Coordinator Anne Mason said the event was organized as a way to extend these activities to children who are homeschooled after years of hosting events to provide “a day full of history and fun” for students in public schools across the region.
“We just wanted to offer a specific homeschool day for families in the area,” she said. “It’s a unique chance for families to come and experience the history and activities Jonesborough has to offer. Things children in other schools experience through their field trips.”
Activities will include town tours, Old Jonesborough Cemetery tours, hands-on artifact activities in the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum and lessons in Oak Hill School, a one-room schoolhouse restored to the year 1892. Through all of these activities, Mason said students can learn a lot about regional and state history all the way back to the colonial era.
“It’s like stepping back in time and going to school 100 years ago,” she said.
For the artifact activities, Mason said students will gain insight into how Jonesborough’s earliest residents lived.
“We pick things that don’t look at all like counterparts today, so we have kids help each other to find out clues about what they were used for,” Mason said.
Students can also take part in train-based activities at the Chuckey Depot Railroad Museum, enjoy storytelling and participate in “history hunts” at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum.
“It’s like a scavenger hunt in the museum where you find certain pictures and artifacts, and that extends upstairs to three restored rooms,” she said.
Registration for the Heritage Alliance’s Homeschool Day is $7 per student. A second event will be planned for Aug. 10. For more information, visit www.heritageall.org.