History is Fun at the Orange County Historical Museum!
The museum offers several programs to educate and entertain your children. Our hands-on activities challenge children to be observant, solve problems, and express creativity, all while having a great time!
On-Site Heritage Education
Teachers, bring your class to the museum for any of our programs or have us come to you! (Restrictions may apply) The museum's Heritage Education program is NC Curriculum-based and can be adapted for groups K-5. Each program lasts ~45 minutes, and can be done in a single morning or afternoon visit to the museum. We can even bring the Colonial Quilt Program, Jr. Curator Programs, Mill Life Program, and Reenactment Program to you! For more information on these programs visit our blog. To plan your class visit, call (919) 732-2201.
Current Available Programs:
Life as a Revolutionary Soldier Program: Learn about what life was like as a soldier during the American Revolution. Available as a Jr. Curator or Reenactment Program. Jr Curators interact with soldier "artifacts" and Reenactors learn to march and drill with their tricorn hats and wooden Brown Bess guns.
Jr. Curator Native American Artifact Program: Learn about Native Americans of Orange County and get to experience their life first hand! The participants dress up as Junior Curators and get to handle reproduction Native American artifacts.
Colonial Quilt Program: Learn about the Colonial Life in Orange County and the importance of quilt making. The participants learn basic geometry and get to create their own quilt square by using fabric, glue and cardstock.
Civil War Soldier Jr. Curator Program: Teaches about the life of a soldier in the Civil War. The participants dress up as Junior Curators and get to handle reproduction Civil War soldier artifacts.
Life as a Mill Work Program: This program talks about Mills in Orange County in the late 1800s. The students then participate on an assembly line.
The Museum is part of Teaching with Hillsborough's Historic Sites, done in conjunction with the Burwell School Historic Site and the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough. For information on planning a trip to multiple sites in Hillsborough, please call the Program Coordinator of the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough at (919) 732-7741.