For Educators

Education Programs

Stagville offers a variety of education programs for students of all ages. All education programs take a two-hour block, typically from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Picnic tables and chairs are available on-site for groups that want to stay and eat lunch afterwards. Buses or cars for all students must be on-site for the duration of the field trip—students must 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 teach groups of eighty students with planning. With enough advanced notice, the site can usually accommodate an even larger group. Call us to ask!

Daily Life of Enslaved People

  • Work & Play 
    What was life like 150 years ago for enslaved children? Students participate in hands-on activities learning daily chores or trades, plus learn historic games or dance!
  • Black vs White, Slave vs Free 
    This program compares and contrasts how daily life was different between working people, whether poor white farmer or enslaved African-American. Students participate in hands-on activities based upon age group.
  • West Africa to North Carolina
    Students learn about life in West Africa, and the Middle Passage that brought over millions of people to the Americas as slaves. This program focuses on cross-cultural exchanges and contributions of West Africans to NC.

Documenting the Past

  • Their Stuff: Learning About Slavery through Archaeology
    How do we study the life of enslaved people who were not allowed to write it down? Students learn first-hand principles of archaeology and its importance to studying the past in this hands-on heavy simulation.
  • Their Voices: Learning about Slavery through WPA Narratives
    Students read and analyze first-hand accounts of former enslaved people of Stagville while in their homes. This program teaches students the reliability of oral histories in segregated North Carolina.

STEAM Programs

  • Stream Study
    How has the environment impacted humans, and how have humans impacted the environment? This STEAM-based program has your students out studying streams on site for benthic macroinvertebrates like crayfish and scuds, experiencing first-hand how to test our water’s health for pollution. Some ages will do chemical testing and watershed. Students will visit Horton Grove to see how the enslaved population used and relied on water sources and local vegetation.

Specialty Programs

  • School Days
    Step back in time to see what school was like in 19th century! Students will go through a typical school day from the past. This program also compares and contrasts education of the Bennehan and Cameron children to the children of sharecroppers, and discusses literacy and its ties to Jim Crow laws.
  • Drum & Dance
    Students discover the West African roots of American music through a participatory dance program to the roar of African drums. Students also learn the importance of music to Stagville’s enslaved population.
  • Early Holiday Traditions in North Carolina (December only)
    Learn and experience how the different cultures whom initially settled NC celebrated the holiday season! From old English Christmas plays to African Jonkonnu, this unique program teaches diverse ethnic and cultural customs of our citizens. Available December only.