Funk Heritage Center School Field Trips
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The Funk Heritage
Center is designated by the state legislature as Georgia’s Official Frontier and Southeastern Indian Interpretive
Center. Guided tours of the Bennett History Museum are available for both public and private schools. Tours are designed with the
Georgia Performance Standards in mind and require a minimum of twenty
students. Title 1 schools, please call for pricing details. Students learn about the
Southeastern Indians and early European Settlers of the Appalachian foothills. Teachers may want to add a visit to the museum store to their field trip. Child care center tours are offered during the summer.
Teachers can select from the following school field trips:
Native Americans of the Southeast - 1 hour $5
view a 15 minute film on the Southeastern Indians and see exhibits in the
Longhouse and in the Hall of Ancients. They learn the types of shelters the
Southeastern Indians built, how they hunted, fished and farmed, what they wore
and how they traveled. Classes are introduced to the culture of these
people, the Trail of Tears and the impact of European settlements on the Native
population. They will also see how archaeology has contributed to our knowledge
of the past. With outdoor option, add $2.
From Past to Present - 1 ½ hour $6
tour includes a film on the Southeastern Indians, and a visit to the Hall of the
Ancients and the Longhouse. In the Rogers Contemporary Native American Art
Gallery, there are many types of art
including baskets, sculptures, pottery, beadwork and paintings by artists who
are descendants of the original Native Americans. This tour also includes the
Sellars Gallery of Historic Hand Tools featuring a unique collection of tools
from more than 100 crafts. Docents focus on tools used by important craftsmen
studied in the elementary grades. With outdoor option, add $2.
Option: History Alive – 1 hour ($2 additional fee)
visit to the Appalachian Settlement, weather permitting, may be added to Tour 1
or 2. Students learn how the Appalachian settlers lived. They visit a
historic log cabin, the blacksmith shop and learn how pioneer families coped
with daily difficulties. Docents explain how frontier
families lived in the 1840’s. Living history volunteers dressed in period clothing will be a part of
this program when available. This program is not offered in December, January
The annual Georgia
History Timeline is held in the Appalachian Settlement each fall. This
popular living history event is reserved for school students. Groups are
scheduled to visit professional history interpreters who present brief exciting programs,
and students will visit the pioneer village. Teachers are encouraged to make
reservations early in order to schedule the best day and time for their school.
In 2012, the program will be held October 10, 11 and 12. One teacher per 20
students admitted free. $12 per student/adult. This outdoor event does not include a tour of
the Bennett History Museum.
Pioneer Days is held each spring and it will be held on May 8-9 in 2013. It is limited to 200 children each day. This annual two-hour
program for students K-5 is held in the Appalachian Settlement and features living history
volunteers dressed in period clothing. Children visit log cabins, the
blacksmith shop, the sorghum syrup mill and observe settlers demonstrating
crafts.They will enjoy learn about gardening and and old-time music.This outdoor event does not include a tour of
the Bennett History Museum. One teacher per 20 students admitted free. $7 per
Group Tour Prices
- School field trip admission
fees for students are $5 or $6 depending on the tour selected and $6.00
for adults (plus tax if your group is not sales tax exempt).
- Homeschool group tours can be arranged for 15 or more students.
- If your tour includes History
Alive as an option, there is an extra charge of $2 per student/adult.
- Guided tours may be arranged
for groups of 20 or more children..
- Summer group tours for child
care centers may include a special craft session ($1 craft fee added to
tour fee) and may be arranged for a group of 10 or more children.
- Prices are subject to change
for special event school field trips.
Picnic tables available on the grounds