Education Programs

Field Trip Program– While visiting a selection of historic buildings students will gain first-hand exposure to life as it was for our ancestors of the early 19th century. Included in their visit, students will meet with a blacksmith, potter, basketweaver, school teacher as well as visit the woodshop, Country Store, and Ice Cream Parlor. The Village is open exclusively for school groups, May-June.  The cost is $10 per person for Cape May County schools, $12 per person for schools from outside the county. One teacher or chaperone is admitted free for every 10 students.

Presentations– The Village offers in-class school visits or Zoom Webinars. An HCSV staff member presents your class with one of the following presentations:
Contact HCSV staff for rates and additional information.

  • The First Frontier: Whaler Yeomen in Colonial New Jersey- The story of the first permanent European settlers as well as a discussion of how the Eastern Seaboard was the original American frontier.
  • The Story of Old Glory- The origins and early history of the flag of the United States, using a collection of reproduction historic flags from the 17th century through the Civil War.
  • Among the Lenape – Learn the story of a young shipwrecked English boy as he learns to adapt to the customs of the Lenape people who rescue and take him in.
  • Native American Folkways – Learn about the customs, traditions, and origin stories of the original residents of Cape May County.
  • Travel and Transportation – A discussion of the development of tourism and the means of transportation that helped make Cape May America’s first seashore resort.
  • Past Versus Present: A comparison of contemporary objects with their Early American equivalents. For example, a flashlight vs a lantern; a digital camera vs a daguerreotype.
  • Revisiting the Country Store: An Important Community Resource- A look at the vital role of a general store in the life of rural America as a purveyor of goods, social center, and communications hub.
  • A Visit with Mehitable, Cape May’s Last Mitten Knitter- This first-person interpretative program introduces you to Mehitable Vanaman Wade Simpson, a 19th century resident of Cape May County. Mehitable was one of the last women in the county to raise sheep, shear the wool, spin the yarn, and knit her own mittens, a once-popular trade with Philadelphia merchants.
  • Fiber Arts in the Home – Learn about the role of fiber arts in the home. From spinning to weaving and quilting, see how housewives and their daughters made the quilts, shawls, socks, and other products to keep their families warm.
  • Hearth and Home– An exploration of the role of the domestic arts practiced by an 1800s housewife with an emphasis on food preparation and open-hearth cooking.
  • The Marshallville One-Room Schoolhouse Experience– The c. 1850 Marshallville Schoolhouse is available free of charge for teachers who wish to personally recreate a “School Day of the Past” for their students. An HCSV staff member can present the program for a fee.

Please contact Bill Cloer, Education Director, at (609) 898-2300, ext. 17, or by e-mail at bcloer@hcsv.org