Self-Guided Educational Tour

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The Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village is a living history museum and village, recreating the farms and rural village life in Wiregrass Georgia from 1870-1910. This self-guided tour shows students how people lived and worked in rural Georgia wiregrass region in the last century. For groups of any size and all ages, a self-guided, go-at-your-own-pace tour of our 95-acre site and museum makes for an exciting and educational visit.
Costumed interpreters throughout the village will answer questions and describe artifacts and buildings. Our site has period farm houses which demonstrate life as it was during the late 1800s and early 1900s. We also have an operating water-powered grist mill, an on-site blacksmith, a one-room school, and print shop and doctor’s office, among others. Also open for touring are our Museum of Agriculture and Gallery.  Stop by our 1900s drug store which offers drinks, floats, delicious hand-dipped ice cream and lunch combos for sale.

Hours:
We are open for educational school tours from 9:00-4:30pm, Tuesday through Saturday. The Village is closed in the month of August, but the Tift House, museum and gallery will remain open, 10am-3pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday only. The train will not run in August.

Cost & Payment:
Cost is $4.00 per student and $7.00 per adult, with one free adult admission per every 10 paying students. Bus drivers and teachers are admitted free.
To receive group rates, all money must be collected in advance and paid at the Country Store by your group leader.
Payment is due the day you visit. We accept Visa, Mastercard, cash and checks. All checks should be made payable to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Please bring proof of your tax exempt status when you arrive, if this applies.
No refunds are offered for overpayment. Please have an accurate count of your students before paying.

Steam Engine:
A train ride is not part of your tour. The train runs every Saturday, all day, (except for the month of August) but does not run during the week, unless specifically requested at least two weeks ahead of time. You must have a minimum of 60 students at an extra charge of $3.00 each, or pay the base rate of $180.00 if your group is smaller. Train reservations must be made at least two weeks ahead of time, to allow us time to find an engineer and conductors.

During Your Visit:
Please be aware that you will probably not be the only group onsite that day. We often have other groups touring or participating in a workshop. We ask that if a workshop is in session in a building your are touring, you watch and listen respectfully. Workshops are very different than tours, so please do not ask the interpreters to let your children participate in the workshop if you are on a self-guided tour.

Photography:
Still or video photography is welcomed on our site for personal, non-commercial use only. No tripods, please. During your visit, you may be photographed for promotional purposes by museum and village staff. If you do not wish to be photographed, please request a special sticker during check-in at the Country Store.

Arrival:
Groups must arrive on time to keep their reservation. Please have the students remain on the bus while one person goes into the Country Store to pay.

Chaperones:
Please provide one (1) adult chaperone for every ten (10) students. Teachers should be sure all chaperones understand their duties before the visit.
Chaperones should:
*Assist the teacher and interpreters in providing a positive learning experience.
*Stay with their students at all times and help them move through the village and museum.

Lunch:
Our Opry Shelter picnic area is available for your use. It is important to have all the lunches on the buses for the children and chaperones. This will save time. Our drugstore offers daily lunch combos. Please call 229-391-5205, or email tcarpenter@abac.edu to arrange lunches for your groups.

Safety:
There are many hands-on activities available, however, many of the structures, fences, and items in the village and museum are antiques; please no handling of these items or climbing on fences or well covers. Please do not feed or pet farm animals or livestock, unless given permission by an interpreter.

What to Wear:
We operate in all kinds of weather, so everyone should dress for the weather. Comfortable shoes are essential!

Directions:
The Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village is located in Tifton, GA at exit 63B on I-75. For those using a GPS system, our physical address is 1392 Whiddon Mill Rd., Tifton, GA, 31793. Please check in at the Tifton Welcome Center/Country Store before proceeding to the museum and village.

Overnight Accommodations:
If your group requires overnight accommodations, please let us know. We will be happy to assist you.

Booking:
Reservations are required for school tours. Please click on the following link to fill out the Educational Tour  Registration Form. Your tour is not reserved until you receive a reservation confirmation from the Education Department.

Self-guided Tour Registration Form