Education & Field Trips

We offer a variety of activities for any groups that would like to visit Old Swedes for educational programs. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call Jane Conlon, Education & Visitor Services Coordinator, at (302) 652-5629 or email programs@oldswedes.org.

Our site can accommodate up to 80 students (40 per day) over a two-day period at $5 per student. We can customize your trip to meet your needs and ours. Please pair your students up before you arrive at our site. Our site is not handicapped accessible. Students can eat lunch on-site, indoors or outdoors, and 18th century games are available to play during the lunch period (upon request).

Pick 3 stations that fit your curriculum:

Archeological Excavation Site (outside—tent available)

For groups of no more than 30.

EQ: How does the work of archeologists help us understand the past?

  • Learn what archeologists do and why.
  • View pictures of the actual dig conducted on-site.
  • Student simulate archeologists’ work. Participate in a simulated dig.
  • Students excavate artifacts from the 18th century, process artifacts, analyze the data.

Breakfast at the Hendrickson House: A Child’s Life Revealed Then and Now

EQ: How has a child’s life changed over 300 years and why?

  • Students dress as the Hendrickson children.
  • Engage in children’s morning chores before breakfast.
  • 18th century table manners.
  • Behavior in the presence of adults.
  • Discuss the difference between then and now.

History at the Hendrickson House (4th grade and older)

EQ: How does a primary source help us understand the past? What the limitations of a personal written account vs. a legal document?

  • Pairs examine original 1722 will of Andrew Hendrickson.
  • Students discover Andrew Hendrickson’s life through researching his will.
  • Read letter written by Charles Springer to his mother.
  • Discuss the differences and similarities between the two documents.
  • Write an obituary, a daily journal entry, or letter from the point of view of Andrew Hendrickson or Charles Springer.

School Days: Then and Now

EQ: What changes have occurred in schools over the centuries and why do you think this is?

  • Read Aloud Hornbooks and Inkwells.
  • Discuss school rules from The School of Manners.
  • Activity: make a horn book, write with a quill pen.
  • Take home a copy of school rules.

If These Stones Could Talk: Find the Untold Stories

EQ: What untold stories does this burial ground have that helps us understand what people had to endure through the centuries so we can enjoy our lives today?

  • Students work in 3 small groups to piece together different gravestone puzzles from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
  • Each student in their group gets a puzzle piece.
  • On the back of each puzzle piece a clue is revealed about the person. Students read their clue before working on putting the puzzle together.
  • Once the puzzle is complete, students read their map on their envelope to find the person’s location in the graveyard.
  • Students open their envelope to read the untold story on the Story Seeker Card.
  • Then complete the “Do” activity listed on the card. Share.

Traditional Church Scavenger Hunt: Discover the Church’s History

EQ: Why is the Church important to our national story?

  • Work in pairs—hands-on activity engaging reading, writing, and speaking to discover the story of Old Swedes.
  • Return to pews and share what they learned.