Delaware Agricultural Museum and 1890's Village
Delaware Agricultural Museum and 1890's Village

           Activities for Home Schools                 and Summer Camps 

Please choose three (3) programs from

the following list

(note:  the programs and activities will take place rain or shine)


1) Log Cabin (indoors) – Take a tour through the oldest log house known to be in the US, ca 1700. Your students will discuss the differences between the houses back then compared to the houses today. The cabin is decorated as if it traveled through time to the Museum.        


Activity: Items used in everyday living will be passed around such as wooden plates, bowl, and pewter plates, red ware plate, mug and tin mug. They will also step outside the cabin and walk around the corner to the “walk through history” display to our excavation area where kids will be able to sift through the sand to see what they can find.



2) Dairy Exhibit (indoors) – Visit our dairy exhibit and learn how processing milk has changed over the years. Also learn that a cow has 4 stomachs, how a cow eats & digests his/her food.      


Activity: Students will each have a turn at milking our mock cow Lulu.



3) What Is It? (indoors) – Several antique artifacts have been hand selected from our collection that are no longer used OR have been replaced by a more modern version. The museum has designed these items for education, so they may be handled and touched.


Activity: Students will pick up and look at, figure out what the item might be and guess what its modern equivalent is. How was this item used? Have the students go over each item together after all have had a chance to discover the items. Modern items may only be a picture. Make a simple match game out of the exercise. Are any of these items used today, unchanged?



4) Visit with a Woodworker (indoors or outdoors) – Students will learn what it was like to “build & fix” things without electric tools. They will learn how to use simple tools such as a hand drill, work horse, spoke shaves & a drawknife. 


Activity: Each student will have a chance to sit on a shave horse & shave wood. [Note:  this program is not appropriate for children under age 5]


5) Farmhouse (outdoors) – Students will learn what it was like to grow up on a farm without electricity & indoor plumbing in the 1890’s. They will also learn that the children were just as important as adults when it came to chores and tending to the animals. They were all part of a working unit.


Activity: Student’s line up and will try their hand at washing clothes on a laundry board and turning the wringer.



6) Grist Mill (outdoors) –Students will learn the process of how corn, wheat, barley, and flour were processed for local farmers and their animals. Without electricity, they used water power to move the machinery and belts that have little cups on them, like an elevator. They will also learn how the miller did not have much grinding to do in the winter so he used the water power to power the saw and cut lumber from logs. 


Activity: Students will grind some grain by turning the handle of the grinder. Then, sifting the ground grain and examining the results.



7) Learning to Write with Quill Pens (Indoors) – Students will learn about the history of writing implements. Each will get an apron and a quill pen with instructions on how to use them.


Activity: Students will learn how to properly dip their quill pen into ink, blot and practice writing the alphabet. [Note:  this program and activity is not appropriate for children under age 5]



8) Horses/Tack & Veterinarian Shop (indoors) – This activity will focus on horses and how they were originally used for transportation both in pulling and riding and farm work. We will explain what a Tact shop was and how the difference between Veterinarians in the 1890’s were compared to today.  


Activity: Students try their hand at rolling and shaping clay to approximate a horse pill. Weigh the pill and see if they are able to make more than one pill the same size and weight. They will also take a turn trying to throw a horse shoe onto the peg. [Note:  this program and activity is not appropriate for children under age 5]



9) 1890’s Games (indoors or outdoors) – Students will learn how children used to entertain themselves before video games & snap chat. Please pick ONE age appropriate activity (below) for the "MAJORITY" of the group.  If most of the children are younger, pick the 1st option. If most are older, pick the 2nd option.


Activity: Your group will have a chance to play at least 2 of the following 1890’s games:

Option 1: Cat & Rat; Button, Button, Who’s got the Button?

Option 2: Tug of War; Fox and Geese or The Noisy Barnyard Game.




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Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village

866 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901


Phone:  (302) 734-1618


Days and Hours of Operation:

Tuesday through Saturday

10am to 3pm


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