For Educators

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Education Programs

Stagville offers education programs for students of all ages. All education programs take two hours, and include a tour of historic buildings, as well as hands-on or interactive activities. Stagville's education programs match North Carolina curriculum standards. Buses or vehicles must remain on site for the duration of the field trip-- students will be driven between the two sections of the site as part of the programs. 

Call 919-620-0120 to schedule a group, or to ask questions about any program. To do an education program, Historic Stagville requires at least 10 students. The site can easily accommodate 80 students, and with advanced notice, can often accommodate larger groups. Call us to ask!

2019-2020 Field Trip Programs

Slavery and Freedom: Daily Life at Stagville (Recommended for grades 3-8)

Explore the daily lived experience of enslaved people on one of North Carolina’s largest plantations. Students will study the craftsmanship of black builders and artisans, and learn historical trades and games.

Black and White, Enslaved and Free (Recommended for grades 6-12)

Students explore the history of race, class, and culture at Stagville. Based on age, they will explore different themes of how money, power, and race shaped the lives of people at Stagville. Hands-on activities may include historical trades, gardening, or foodways.

Secret Stories: Studying Slavery through WPA Narratives  (Recommended for grades 8-12)

How can oral histories teach us about the African American experience in slavery? Students will read and discuss firsthand accounts of formerly enslaved people from Stagville. This program explores NC history during slavery, emancipation, and Jim Crow segregation.

Underground History: Studying Slavery through Archaeology (Recommended for grades 3-6)

How do we study the lives of enslaved people without written firsthand accounts? Students learn the basic principles of archaeology research, and its significance in studying slavery.  Then, they join a simulated archaeology dig, based on real artifacts discovered at Stagville.

Stagville School Days (Recommended for grades 3-8)

Discover the history of school, education, and exclusion in the 19th century. Students will participate in a 19th century school lesson, compare and contrast access to education at Stagville, and learn about literacy and its ties to Jim Crow laws.

Stream Study Program  (Recommended for grades 3-8)

This STEAM program explores the history of Stagville’s land, environment, and people. Students take a guided nature walk in the Triangle Land Conservancy Nature Preserve, and conduct a water quality study of macroinvertabrates at a local stream.