Take a step back in time while we engage, inspire, and educate your students!
Designed by the educators at Cracker Country
What to Expect
Designed for Students in Grades 1-5
Bring your students and discover the daily lives of Florida's pioneers. Spend the morning immersed in a rural Florida community of the past and learn how a late 19th century rural family survived. Try your hand at farm and household chores, explore community buildings and learn the skills of Florida's pioneers. Students will take back to their modern world knowledge of the differences and similarities between their lives and those of children in 1898. All groups will dip a candle, make a class jump-rope and shop in our Cracker Country General Store.
Dates: Tuesday - Fridays on the following dates:
Sept. 25 - Dec. 6 & March 13 - May 10
Student Cost: $8 per student
Chaperones: One adult (teacher or chaperone) per ten students is required and admitted for free. Additional adults pay the student rate of $8.
Each group will be greeted by their tour guide who will lead the group through interative activities that highlight how Florida's pioneer children lived in 1898.
Groups will have the opportunity to participate in various activities including a school house lesson, "recess" with reproduction period toys, laundry, a farm chore and a visit to a historic Florida home. Students will churn and taste butter, dip a beeswax candle to take home, twist a handmade rope for their classroom and learn about a period trade.
10:10 General Store (Gift Shop)*
10:50 Historic House / Churn & Taste Butter
11:10 Dip Candle & Twist Rope
11:30 Depot Station Office and Model Train Display
11:50 Visit a Sugar Cane Mill and Taste Syrup
12:10 School House and Toys
12:30 Tour Ends
12:30 - 1:00 Picnic Lunch (optional)
*All groups have the option of shopping in the General Store. If your group opts not to shop, you will instead visit the Terry Store, a historical store exhibit.
Each group will have the opportunity to visit our gift shop.
In the Cracker Country General Store you will find a wide selection of historical toys, games, candy, books, 1890s reproductions and much more. Prices start at an affordable $0.30.
The General Store accepts cash, Visa, Master Card, and personal checks with ID. No checks or credit cards accepted from students.
Proceeds from sales in the General Store help support Cracker Country's education programs.
The Rural Home Life School Tour program aligns with a variety of Sunshine State Standards including many Social Studies Standards:
Grade 1 Standards American History 1, 2, 3 and Economics 1
Grade 2 Standards American History 1, 2, 3
Grade 3 Standards American History 1 and Economics 1
Grade 4 Standards American History 1, 3, 4, 6, 9
Grade 5 Standards American History 1
Research suggests (and teachers know!) that engaging students in a simple, hands-on task can prevent daydreaming and help to curb restlessness.
Students learn in many different ways: visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic, and social. Our field trips are designed to take advantage of all of the senses and learning styles by keeping the students moving through exhibits and involving them in activity stations.
Every learning style uses different parts of the brain. By involving more of the brain during learning, we remember more of what we learn:
Visual: Students observe museum exhibits and photographs.
Physical: Students participate in hands-on learning experiences.
Verbal: Students are encouraged to ask questions and participate in answering questions.
Aural: Docents share information and promote discussion at each exhibit and activity station.
Groups are welcome to bring a picnic lunch. Cracker Country provides picnic tables and restroom facilities for use after the tour ends at 12:30pm.
Please leave all lunches and coolers in a vehicle until it it time for lunch.
Please note there are no food services facilities on the Fairgrounds.
The Florida State Fairgrounds requires one adult (teacher or chaperone) per every 10 students. All required adults receive free admission for the field trip. Adults accompanying the group beyond the required number of chaperones pay $8 each.
Chaperones and adults are responsible for the behavior of the group and are required to supervise and stay with students at all times during the visit.
All adult chaperones must arrive on time and enter the field trip with the school. The gates into the Fairgrounds will be closed once the field trip program begins, so late chaperones CANNOT be admitted.
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The staff was amazing! I loved their wisdom and knowledge they are passing on to the next generation. They shared in a passionate loving way! Excellent field trip!
Kid-geared activities, informative tour guide who kept it kid-friendly.
Really believe the kids will get a lot from this. Thank you!
How amazing and amusing the docents are. My children love Cracker Country! It is their go to museum. I'm so glad it exists and i'm so thankful for the wonderful volunteers.
The hands on experience was phenomenal. Fantastic to see how hard life would have been back then.
I will always remember the joy of my students when they get to do what we've been learning about in class.
The way the guide was able to make Florida history come alive and let the children be part of the experience.
The amazement in my son's eyes as he learned about our Florida heritage. Thank you so much for continuing Cracker Country and for keeping our heritage alive and accessible to other generations.
The 'feel' of the place seems very authentic. Our guide was great with kids! The hands-on activities are really fun, memorable and educational.