1) Log Cabin (indoors) – Children tour the oldest log house in Delaware (ca 1750) and discuss/discover the differences between life in early America vs. today.
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. Children step outside the cabin and “walk through history” where they sift through the sand searching for “artifacts” in an excavation pit and try their hand at working a plow.
2) Dairy Exhibit (indoors) – Children visit the museum’s dairy exhibit and learn how the process of raising dairy cattle, milk production etc., has changed over the years. They also learn how dairy cows eat, digest food and produce milk.
Activity: Students will each have a turn at milking our mock cow Lulu.
3) What Is It? (indoors) – Children discuss a variety of artifacts hand selected from the museum collections and specially designated for education purposes.
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?
4) Visit with a Woodworker (indoors or outdoors) – Children learn what it was like to “build and fix” things without the convenience of electric tools. They learn how to use simple tools such as a hand drill, work horse, spoke shaves and a drawknife.
Activity: Each student will have a chance to sit on a shave horse and shave wood.
5) Farmhouse (outdoors) – Children learn what it was like to grow up on a farm without electricity and indoor plumbing. They discover that children worked just as hard as their parent when it came to doing household chores, tending livestock, etc.
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) – Children learn how corn, wheat, barley, and flour were processed for local farmers and their animals using water power to operate machinery.
Activity: Children have the opportunity to grind grain by hand and learn how to sift and refine the grain to produce flour.
Museum Days / Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Saturday
10am to 3pm
866 North DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Seniors (65+): $5.00
Youth: (4-17) $3.00
Children under 3: Free
Phone: (302) 734-1618
We are sorry, the Ag Museum is not able to allow pets (other than service animals) on our premises. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!