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​Fort Hunter Field Study Trips

Standard Historical School Program for Grades 2-5

Available Tues.-Fri, April-June and September - mid-November from 10am-2pm
***Now available for summer camps June - August****
Picnic pavilions usually available.
Students and home schoolers in grades 2 - 6 explore how Indians once lived in the Fort Hunter/Harrisburg area. Students will furnish a wigwam , make a piece of pottery and participate in storytelling. Guided tours of Fort Hunter Mansion invite students to learn about Mansion life in the 1800s, comparing the owner's life to the lives of the Native Americans. Pre-registration is required. Call Molly Trost at (717)599-5751 or email at to schedule a workshop.
Program Includes:
A. Hands-on Native American workshop
B. Tour of Fort Hunter Mansion
C. Visit to museum shop
Note: Schools can schedule a tour of the Mansion without the workshop.
A. Hands-on Workshop: Native Americans along the Susquehanna

Native peoples in this region during the 1200-1400s were farmers, gatherers and hunters. At the start of the workshop children will overlook the Susquehanna River at the mouth of Fishing Creek. They will explore these questions: How did Indians use natural resources for food, shelter, clothing & equipment? How did they work cooperatively? In what way did landscape features shape Indian life? Hands-on activities include furnishing a wigwam, making pottery and participatory storytelling.
B. Tour of Fort Hunter Mansion
Children will enter the world of the 1800s on this guided tour. They will learn about how the occupants solved the same issues facing the Native Americans centuries earlier - finding shelter, food, clothing and equipment. They'll see everything from a music box to a chamber pot.
C. Visit the Museum Shop
At the conclusion of the Mansion tour, children will visit the educationally oriented shop. Many of the items are historical reproductions; children enjoy finding a memory-making treasure, many of which are priced under $6. Proceeds fund educational programs at Fort Hunter.
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