Students travel through time into the nineteenth-century and gain understanding of a truly DIY local heritage. They learn hands-on what life was like for children. They play games that have no batteries. They weave on lap-looms under the trees. Just around every corner of Furnace Town, children discover unplugged learning at its finest.
Throughout the school year, we welcome groups of students from second grade to sixth grade to Furnace Town Living Heritage Village.
School tours begin in the pavilion, where guests gather in small, pre-divided groups, receive a brief orientation, and stow their lunches. Then, small groups tour the village, stopping for a half-hour at separate learning areas that include three artisans, the iron furnace, the main museum building, and the visitors center. Artisans vary daily an may include:
Using vintage tools of his or her trade, artisans provide living history demonstrations while surrounded by nineteenth-century architecture. Docents often staff the historic one-room schoolhouse, where students can learn how their ancestor experienced a school day.
Volunteers give separate guided tours of the iron furnace and the main museum building, which showcases archaeology, engineering, history, and wildlife with ample opportunity for hands-on interaction. The one-mile trail is also available for inclusion on tours when booked in advance and as time allows.
During a school tour, students also visit the museum store and discovery room, where nature displays provide an in-depth look at wildlife along Nassawango Creek. The group re-gathers at the pavilion for a midday lunch break and again at the end of their tour to prepare for departure.
School Tour Admission
All teachers, paid staff, and bus drivers receive complimentary admission.
School tours are often scheduled months in advance.