Rural Home Life Tours

Rural Home Life Tours

What to Expect

Rural Home Life Tours

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.

Check-in: 9:45am
Time: 10:00am-12:30pm
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.

About the Tour

About the Tour

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.

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What to See

What to See

9:45am Check-in
10:00 Introduction
10:10 General Store (Gift Shop)*
10:30 Laundry
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.

Stop & Shop

Stop & Shop

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.

Learning Standards

Learning Standards

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

Engaging Students

Engaging Students

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.

Types of Learning Experiences

Types of Learning Experiences

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.

Lunch

Lunch

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.

Chaperone Letter

Some Helpful Information

Field Trip Policies

Weather

Field Trips take place rain or shine. Please encourage your group to dress appropriately for outdoor activities.

In the event of severe weather... During heavy rain or severe weather we may cancel your tour the day of the tour by calling the phone number you provide. Due to Florida's quickly changing forecasts a decision to cancel will never be made prior to the date of your tour. If we cancel your tour due to severe weather, we will make every effort to reschedule your group on an alternative date.

Group Size

A minimum of 15 participants is required for a field trip program. Groups with fewer participants may be booked for a minimum fee of $120.00 (equivalent to 15 paid admissions).

Chaperones

One adult (teacher or chaperone) per ten students is required and admitted for free. Additional adults pay the student rate of $8. Adults are responsible for the behavior of the group and are required to supervise and stay with students at all times during their visit.
All adult chaperones must arrive on time and enter the museum with the school group. The gates into the Fairgrounds will be closed once the field trip program begins, so late chaperones cannot be admitted.

Deposit

Yes. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due within 30 days of field trip registration. Program dates will not be held if deposit is not received within 30 days. The remaining balance, after subtracting the $50.00 deposit, will be due the day of your field trip.
Make checks payable to the Florida State Fair Authority and mail to:
P.O. Box 11766
Tampa, Fl. 33680.

We regret that we are not able to accept purchase orders so please plan to pay by cash, check or credit card.
We recognize that student numbers can and do change, so fees will be adjusted based on the number of students attending the day of your tour.
We regret that we are not able to accept purchase orders so please plan to pay by cash, check or credit card.

Forms of Payment

Please make all checks payable to the Florida State Fair Authority. We also accepts cash, Visa and Master Cards.

Cancellations

All cancellations must be in writing and emailed to Jennifer Wanecski (jennifer.wanecski@floridastatefair.com)
or mailed to: Attn: Cracker Country
P.O. Box 11766
Tampa, Fl. 33680

Food & Drink

No food or drink is permitted inside of the museum. Please leave all lunches and coolers on the bus. There are water breaks built into your tour and numerous water fountains located throughout the museum that you may use at any time.

Backpacks

For the safety of historic artifacts and the comfort of all visitors, students are not allowed to wear backpacks. However, adults may bring bags if necessary.

Testimonials

Guest Comments - Rural Home Life Tours

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!

Stacey, School Tour Visitor
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Kid-geared activities, informative tour guide who kept it kid-friendly.

Tracey, School Tour Visitor
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Really believe the kids will get a lot from this. Thank you!

Jennifer, School Tour Visitor
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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.

Courtney, School Tour Visitor
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The hands on experience was phenomenal. Fantastic to see how hard life would have been back then.

Megan, School Tour Visitor
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I will always remember the joy of my students when they get to do what we've been learning about in class.

Tari, School Tour Visitor
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The way the guide was able to make Florida history come alive and let the children be part of the experience.

Karol, School Tour Visitor
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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.

Kimberly, School Tour Visitor
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The 'feel' of the place seems very authentic. Our guide was great with kids! The hands-on activities are really fun, memorable and educational.

Mary, School Tour Visitor
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