Fort Hunter Park offers educational opportunities for children at an easy-to-access historic site on 40 scenic acres. The landscape, inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years, now features 1700s and 1800s buildings as well as picnic pavilions and playgrounds.
The Fort Hunter staff provides children-friendly tours of the Fort Hunter Mansion and oversees the hands-on workshop for school field trips, Scouting groups, and reserved bus tours. Please contact us during regular business hours at 717-599-5751 to make a reservation or for more information. We offer three School Program options: the Standard School Program, a Mansion Tour Only, and the French and Indian War Experience.
Standard School Program
The Standard School Program is for students from grade 2 through grade 5. The program is available through reservation only Tuesday through Friday, from April 1st through early June, and again beginning September 1st through mid-November from 10am -2pm. Our capacity is a maximum of 64 students per school program. You will be outside at times; dress for outdoor weather. Keep in mind that children will be using clay. Teachers and chaperones will be expected to help with some aspects of the workshop and museum tour activities. You will be sent a confirmation letter, a map, and parking directions. For easy scheduling, call 717-599-5751.
The Standard School Program has three components: The Hands-on Native American workshop; The Tour of Fort Hunter Mansion; and a Visit to the Museum Shop. Please note, if your school desires a tour of the mansion without the workshop, special arrangements can be made by contacting us.
Standard Program Fees
Up to three adults per 32 students: Free
Each additional adult: $5.00
Payment will be due at time of program by cash or check (made to “Fort Hunter”) in one lump sum.
April 1 – early June and mid-September – November
|10 – 11:30 a.m.||Hands-On Workshop or Mansion Tour (groups over 32 will be split in half)|
|11:30 – 12:15 p.m.||Lunch time and location switch (Picnic pavilions are usually available.)|
|12:15 – 1:45 p.m.||Hands-On Workshop or Mansion Tour|
Hands-on Workshop: Native Americans along the Susquehanna
Your students will explore how Indians once lived in the Fort Hunter/Harrisburg area. They will focus on how Indians obtained food, shelter, clothing and equipment. Activities include furnishing a wigwam, making a piece of pottery and participatory storytelling. Children will handle the kinds of food, materials and equipment once used by Native Americans who farmed and hunted here in the 1300s and 1400s.
Please provide a teacher and at least one adult (free admission) to help with the workshop. Groups of over 32 children will be split-half will start with the workshop and half with the Mansion tour, and will switch after lunch. The Hands-on Workshop lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours, and addresses State Standards: 8.1.3A, 8.1.3.D, 8.2.3C, 8.2.3B, 1.6.3A, 1.6.3D, 1.6.3E. Also 8.1.6A, 8.1.6B, 8.2.6A, 8.2.6B, 8.2.6C, 1.6.5A, 1.6.5.D, 1.6.5E
Tour of Fort Hunter Mansion
This historic house invites students to learn about Mansion life in the 1800s. Children will compare the owners’ life to Native Americans – how they obtained food, shelter, clothing and equipment in the Victorian era. On guided tours students will see original artifacts and furnishings—from a chamber pot and rope bed to a stereopticon and foot warmer. The tour and visit to the Museum Shop last 1 ½ hours.
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 from Museum Shop sales fund educational programs at Fort Hunter.
Mansion Tour Only
Fort Hunter Mansion and Park encourages students to explore a world of curiosity and learning about life in the 1800s. Guided tours of this wonderful house offer students the opportunity to explore life as it was 100 years ago, as they view artifacts and ask questions. They will discover such wonders as meat grinders, chamber pots, rope beds, stereoscopes, foot warmers and many other aspects of a way of life now passed. The tour and a visit to the Museum Shop lasts between one and one-half hours.
The Mansion Tour Only is appropriate for grades 2 and up, and is available April through December during regular museum hours. Our capacity is a maximum of 50 students per school program. You will be sent a confirmation letter, a map, and parking directions. For easy scheduling, call 717 599-5751.
Mansion Tour Fees
Payment will be due at time of program by check (made to “Fort Hunter”) or cash in one lump sum.
French and Indian War Experience
This is a special one-day event held Friday, May 9, 2013, rain or shine. This program, provided by the Donegal Township Rifleman, Inc., demonstrates 1750s frontier life with a series of outdoor stations. Students move from place to place, seeing blacksmithing, cooking, military drills, clothing, deerskin tanning and more.
The French and Indian War Experience is appropriate for students in grade 4 through grade 6. Attendance is by reservation only. Please fill out and mail the Fort Hunter School Brochure to Fort Hunter Mansion and Park with full payment to reserve a space. Space is limited to the first 600 students who register.