For Educators

Vance Birthplace Virtual Field Trips

Virtually explore life on an early 1800s mountain plantation by scheduling a Zoom field trip with the Vance Birthplace! 

Our field trip programs encourage students to think critically about the past, engaging with historic artifacts and primary sources as they discover the stories of individuals who lived on the Vances' Reems Creek Valley plantation.

Elementary School Programs

Students will learn about the lives of the people, enslaved and free, who lived on the Vance plantation from 1790-1844. How did people work the land? Where did they get their food, clothing, and tools? What was it like to be enslaved in western North Carolina? Students will discover the answers to all of these questions, and more, during an hour-long Zoom field trip. This program features a virtual version of our popular History Mystery activity, as well as an optional craft project.

Middle School Programs

Through this Zoom program, students will become the historians. They will examine primary sources and artifacts to discover the history of Venus, an enslaved woman who spent her life raising the Vance children, and Mira, her enslaver. We utilize Zoom's Breakout Rooms feature to encourage students to work together and think critically about historic resources. By the end of their field trip, students will know both the importance and the limitations of historical sources and interpretation. (Please note, this program can be adapted for high school students.)

Planning Your Virtual Visit

Virtual field trips cost $30 per group. Fees may apply if adding on a craft activity for elementary groups.

All virtual field trips must be scheduled in advance.

Our field trip programs utilize Zoom. Students will need internet access and either a computer, tablet, or phone to join the field trip.

At most, we can accommodate approximately 100 students during one virtual visit. However, we recommend groups of 75 or less per scheduled visit to ensure the best experience.

Our elementary program lasts approximately 60 minutes. Our middle school program lasts approximately 60-90 minutes.

You may schedule a virtual field trip Tuesday-Friday between 10 AM and 3 PM. However, this availability is affected by staff schedules and other external factors as we navigate COVID-19 restrictions.

Please contact Assistant Site Manager Lauren May with any questions or to schedule your virtual visit!

Vance Birthplace Virtual Field Trips Meet These NC Essential Standards

Kindergarten & First Grade

  • K.H.1 Understand change over time.
  • K.G.2 Understand the interaction between humans and the environment.
  • K.E.1 Understand basic economic concepts.
  • 1.H.1 Understand that history tells a story of how people and events changed society over time.
  • 1.C.1 Understand the diversity of people in the local community.

Third Grade 

  • 3.H.1 Understand how events, individuals and ideas have influenced the history of local and regional communities.
    • 3.H.1.1 Explain key historical events that occurred in the local community and regions over time.
    • 3.H.1.2 Analyze the impact of contributions made by diverse historical figures in local communities and regions over time.
    • 3.H.1.3 Exemplify the ideas that were significant in the development of local communities and regions.
  • 3.H.2 Use historical thinking skills to understand the context of events, people and places.
    • 3.H.2.1 Explain change over time through historical narratives. (events, people and places)
    • 3.H.2.2 Explain how multiple perspectives are portrayed through historical narratives.

Fourth Grade

  • 4.H.1 Analyze the chronology of key historical events in North Carolina history.
    • 4.H.1.3 Explain how people, events and developments brought about changes to communities in various regions of North Carolina.
    • 4.H.1.4 Analyze North Carolina’s role in major conflicts and wars from the Pre-Colonial period through Reconstruction.
  • 4.H.2 Understand how notable structures, symbols and place names are significant to North Carolina.
    • 4.H.2.1 Explain why important buildings, statues, monuments and place names are associated with the state's history.
  • 4.G.1 Understand how human, environmental and technological factors affect the growth and development of North Carolina.
    • 4.G.1.1 Summarize changes that have occurred in North Carolina since statehood (population growth, transportation, communication and land use).
    • 4.G.1.3 Exemplify the interactions of various peoples, places and cultures in terms of adaptation and modification of the environment.
    • 4.G.1.4 Explain the impact of technology (communication, transportation and inventions) on North Carolina’s citizens, past and present

Sixth & Seventh Grade

  • 6.H.1 Use historical thinking to understand the emergence, expansion and decline of civilizations, societies and regions overtime.
    • 6.H.1.2 Summarize the literal meaning of historical documents in order to establish context.
    • 6.H.1.3 Use primary and secondary sources to interpret various historical perspectives.
  • 6.H.2 Understand the political, economic and/or social significance of historical events, issues, individuals and cultural groups.
    • 6.H.2.2 Compare historical and contemporary events and issues to understand continuity and change.
    • 6.H.2.4 Explain the role that key historical figures and cultural groups had in transforming society.
  • 7.H.1 Use historical thinking to analyze various modern societies.
    • 7.H.1.2 Summarize the literal meaning of historical documents in order to establish context.
    • 7.H.1.3 Use primary and secondary sources to interpret various historical perspectives.
  • 7.C.1 Understand how cultural values influence relationships between individuals, groups and political entities in modern societies and regions.
    • 7.C.1.1 Explain how culture unites and divides modern societies and regions (e.g. enslavement of various peoples, caste system, religious conflict and Social Darwinism).

Eighth Grade

  • 8.H.1 Apply historical thinking to understand the creation and development of North Carolina and the United States.
    • 8.H.1.1 Construct charts, graphs, and historical narratives to explain particular events or issues.
    • 8.H.1.2 Summarize the literal meaning of historical documents in order to establish context.
    • 8.H.1.3 Use primary and secondary sources to interpret various historical perspectives.
    • 8.H.1.4 Use historical inquiry to evaluate the validity of sources used to construct historical narratives (e.g. formulate historical questions, gather data from a variety of sources, evaluate and interpret data and support interpretations with historical evidence).
    • 8.H.1.5 Analyze the relationship between historical context and decision-making.
  • 8.H.2 Understand the ways in which conflict, compromise and negotiation have shaped North Carolina and the United States.
    • 8.H.2.1 Explain the impact of economic, political, social, and military conflicts (e.g. war, slavery, states’ rights and citizenship and immigration policies) on the development of North Carolina and the United States.
    • 8.H.2.2 Summarize how leadership and citizen actions (e.g. the founding fathers, the Regulators, the Greensboro Four, and participants of the Wilmington Race Riots, 1898) influenced the outcome of key conflicts in North Carolina and the United States.
    • 8.H.2.3 Summarize the role of debate, compromise, and negotiation during significant periods in the history of North Carolina and the United States.
  • 8.H.3 Understand the factors that contribute to change and continuity in North Carolina and the United States.
    • 8.H.3.1 Explain how migration and immigration contributed to the development of North Carolina and the United States from colonization to contemporary times (e.g. westward movement, African slavery, Trail of Tears, the Great Migration and Ellis and Angel Island).
    • 8.H.3.2 Explain how changes brought about by technology and other innovations affected individuals and groups in North Carolina and the United States (e.g. advancements in transportation, communication networks and business practices).
    • 8.H.3.3 Explain how individuals and groups have influenced economic, political and social change in North Carolina and the United States.
    • 8.H.3.4 Compare historical and contemporary issues to understand continuity and change in the development of North Carolina and the United States.

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