School Group Tour Descriptions
Mansker's Fort is a replicated 18th century fort built near the original site of Kasper Mansker's fortified 1779 station. The fort allows a hands-on approach to educating visitors about the 18th century as it was in Middle Tennessee.
The Bowen Plantation House was built c.1787 by Revolutionary War veteran, Captain William Bowen. It is among the first brick structures built in Middle Tennessee and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours progress through three time periods of life and portray the lives of the home's first three owners.
Standard Tour (Up to 80 students - $5.00 per student, 80 or more students - $6.00 per student)
Visitors to the site will be guided through Mansker's Station and the Bowen Plantation by historical interpreters. The tour will address the aspects of early frontier life, ranging from the first Tennessee settlers at the station, to domestic life at the plantation. Groups may see daily chores done by the staff and volunteers that demonstrate the lives of early setters. Groups may also see a blacksmith working in his shop, ladies cooking on an open hearth, or a woodworker on his shave horse as living demonstrations of early settlers. Activities and demonstrations available may vary depending on weather, time of year, and volunteer availability.
Frontier Life Focus Tour (Up to 80 students - $5.00 per student, 80 or more students - $6.00 per student)
Travel back in time with a visit to North Carolina, untamed western frontier, with the Mansker's Station Focus Tour. This tour will make history come to life for school groups of all ages with live demonstrations and hands-on activities. In this tour, we offer activities such as trading, woodworking, blacksmithing, and an 18th century schoolhouse lesson. Other activities may include gardening, laundry, or games. Activities and demonstrations available may vary depending on weather, time of year, and volunteer availability.
Frontier Life Focus includes at a minimum four of the demonstration stations listed below
Frontier Trading Post
The trading post will provide the student with a look at the economy during the times in which the fort was established.
18th Century School House Lesson
The schoolmaster or mistress will teach students about education in the 18th Century. Students of all ages will learn about manners, reading, writing and arithmetic. Students will practice arithmetic and writing with a quill pen.
Many useful tools, household items, and repairs were made in the blacksmith's forge. Watch the blacksmith in action as he works the forge and keeps the anvil ringing.
Students will view the woodworker carving spoons and bowls, and making benches and tables. The carpenter will discuss the use of tools prior to electricity with the students.
Students will learn how the settlers lived off the land. Students may plant, weed, hoe, or harvest depending upon the time of year of the tour.
Students will learn the hands on technique of washing their own laundry and hanging it out to dry without the conveniences of modern technology.
Students will experience games without electronics and how to have fun with wooden toys of the 18th Century.
Plantation Life Tour (Up to 80 students - $5.00 per student, 80 or more students - $6.00 per student)
Step back into time and visit the Bowen Plantation House to explore Tennessee's colonial life. Students will visit a doctor's office and learn about medicine and tools for procedures from the 1800's. Students will also get to witness period weaving and spinning techniques used to make cloth. They will also have a chance to prepare the wool, cotton, or flax by picking and carding the harvested fibers.
Grades K-3 will have Tomie Depaola's book "Charlie Needs a Cloak" read to them as part of the program.
Groups of 50 or more will have an additional aspect of Toys from the 1700-1800's added to their tour.
Moss-Wright Park Shelter Availability
An added bonus for school group tours is the availability of a large picnic shelter in Moss-Wright Park. This amenity is provided at no charge to groups who book tours and is an ideal place to have lunch after the tour. This shelter is adjacent to a large playground. Please let us know if you would like to take advantage of this feature.
How To Make A Reservation
Please call Historic Mansker's Station at 615.859.3678 to schedule a group tour or complete an online request.