Education

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Historic London Town and Garden provides hands-on, experience-based education programs, which support the National Science and Social Studies Standards and Maryland's Voluntary State Curriculum.  Four education programs are offered: Early Maryland, Sharing African American History, Archaeology, and Science in the Garden.  They are adaptable for K -- 12th grade students and homeschoolers. 

Planning Your Visit

Education programs are available Tuesdays through Fridays from September through mid-December and March through June.  Teachers may choose to visit for either a half day (1–2½ hours) or a full (2½–5 hours) day. Arrival and departure times are flexible based on the needs of the individual schools.
 

Group Size

All programs are hands-on with every child participating at every location.  To ensure that all students are able to participate, groups of 10 to 70 students are welcome per visit.

Lunches

Students may bring bag lunches to eat on the grounds in designated areas. In the event of inclement weather, a covered area is available for lunch.

Fees

$5.00 per student for a half day.

$7.00 per student for a fullday.
One adult (teacher or chaperone) is admitted free of charge for every 5 students.
Additional chaperones (above the 1 per every 5 student ration) are charged the same amount as the students.

A non-refundable $50 deposit is required at the time of reservation.

Students with Special Needs

Please inform us if you are bringing any children with special needs (physical or developmental) so that we can make accomodations to ensure all students have a quality experience. 

Lice Policy

Since the Roleplay Room is an activity done by nearly every group, it has become necessary to have a lice policy since every child has the opportunity to dress up. Please inform the Director of Education prior to arrival, or the morning of your field trip at the very latest, if you have had an lice infestation recently, so that precautions may be taken. If we are not informed until the end of the day, a cleaning fee of $75.00 will be charged. We are looking out for the safety of all children that visit Historic London Town and Gardens. Please direct any questions to the Director of Education.


 
Children's Lives at Colonial London Town Interactive Storybook

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 Education Programs Offered

alt We have four different education programs available: Early Maryland, Sharing African American History, Archaeology and Science in the Garden.  An activity packet, which includes background information, and primary source activities that may be used both pre- and post-visit is available for every program on our Teacher Resources page.

Early Maryland

This program is the core of our historical educational offerings. Early Maryland explores colonial life and daily activities in the colonial port town of London Town. With activities taking place in and around the historically accurate reconstructions of the Lord Mayor’s Tenement and Carpenter Shop, and the c1760 William Brown House, this program transports students to an earlier age.

Students will learn how the desire for economic opportunity affected the colonists, indentured servants and enslaved Africans.  Hands-on activities range from dressing up as an actual person from London Town in the Roleplay Room of the William Brown House, working with tools and technology of the 18th century, learning navigation skills and making rope in the Seaport Room, to daily chores and food preparation in the Lord Mayor's Tenement.

Sharing African American History

London Town was one of the largest tobacco seaports in the Chesapeake region.  Enslaved Africans performed much of the work to build, sustain and help the town grow and colony prosper.  Through a variety of hands-on activities such as tobacco cultivation, woodworking and and artifact analysis, students will learn about the role of tobacco and the reasons why slavery established a foothold in Maryland.  Using 18th century tools and technology, students can experience the labor involved in growing, harvesting and shipping tobacco.  As they conduct analysis on real artifacts, students will learn about enslaved Africans through the material culture they left behind.  

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London Town is one of the largest ongoing archaeological excavations in the state of Maryland.  Student activities include excavation, mending and analyzing real 200-300 year-old artifacts.  Students will become archaeologists by utilyzing some of the methods and tools of archaeology to gain a depth of understanding into past people's' lives.  

 

 

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Science in the Garden

Students become science detectives to explore the interdependence of plants and animals.  Gathering evidence and data on the Woodland Trail (part of London Town's eight acres of gardens), students make observations and draw conclusions on how plants and animals need one another to survive.  After the woodland hike, students complete a plant defense lab.  This program also fosters a respect for plants and animals and instills stewardship of the natural environment.  Recommended for grades three to five.  

Homeschool Days

Every month during the school year, at least one Homeschool program is offered.   The Fall Homeschool Open House offer students the opportunity to sample all of the above-mentioned programs.  Different thematic programs are offered throughout the year.  Please visit our calendar of events for upcoming programs.  Pre-paid reservations are needed for all programs. 

*Please note that a different fee structure and group size requirement pertains to Homeschool Days.

Contact the Education Programs Administrator at 410-222-1919 x212 or via email for availability, bookings, and more information.
 

 

Public Hours

Public Hours

April – November

Wednesday-Saturday
10:00-4:30
 
Sundays
12:00-4:30

Admission

Admission
 
FREE–Members
$10 - Adults
$9 - Seniors (62+)
$5 - Youth (7-17)
Free - Children 6 and younger

What's in Bloom

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