Visit to the Past Workshop
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Take your students on a trip back in time with our Visit to the Past workshop. This hands-on workshop for grades K-12 includes educational and fun-filled activities, some of which may include operating the hand press at the print shop, grinding corn into meal and grits at the gristmill, washing clothes on a washboard, making a poultice at the doctor’s office, working with the blacksmith or shelling corn for the animals at the farm.
Students dress in costume and eat an authentic farmhouse lunch, cooked over the open hearth or on a wood stove, at one of the village’s houses or cabins, much as they would have in rural wiregrass Georgia over a century ago. Please keep in mind that while we will do our best to customize your workshop to your liking, it is not possible to have your students visit every building on site, or to have all your students visit the same buildings during the day. We appreciate your cooperation with this.
The museum and village are open Tuesday-Friday, 9:00-4:30 for workshops, and workshops are offered September through December, and February through May. All workshops include touring the rest of the site and the Museum of Agriculture as the school’s time allows. The workshops start between 9:15 and 10:00 am, and usually conclude by 2:00 pm. Promptness is key to your workshop. If you arrive late, your students will likely miss an entire workshop station.
Cost & Payment:
The cost to the student is $15.00, which includes their costume and lunch. Teachers and bus drivers are admitted free. Any extra adults pay the normal admission fee of $7.00.
No deposit is required, but last-minute cancellations (within 7 working days) will be billed $25 for costs incurred.
Payment is to be made at the Country Store – no payments will be taken at the museum or village. 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.
A train ride is not part of your workshop. The train runs every Saturday, all day. It 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 fit it in to your itinerary and to find an engineer and conductors.
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.
The workshop has a minimum requirement of 10 students and a maximum of 72, unless other arrangements have been approved by the Education Department. Students are divided into smaller groups prior to your arrival by our Education Coordinator, and follow a pre-arranged itinerary. Each group is led by an adult chaperone, which you will provide.
Each group of students visits a number of stations for approximately 25 minutes each, as time allows, with a 30-minute lunch break.
Please note that you will be expected to provide adult group leaders for your students, as many as 12 per visit, depending on the size of your group (the Education Dept. will decide on the number of groups). We ask that you not change the number of groups once we have arranged the itinerary. This leads to much confusion on the part of your group leaders and our interpreters. Teachers should be sure all chaperones understand their duties before the visit.
*Assist the interpreters in providing a positive learning experience
*Stay with their students at all times and help them move through the village and museum
*Be familiar with the site and group itinerary before arriving
*Not deviate from the group itinerary
*Use cell phones for picture taking only – do not take or make calls while supervising students
Students and adult group leaders eat a home-cooked lunch at the farmhouses, consisting of homemade vegetable beef soup, cornbread, strawberry jam, butter, sweet pickles, pound cake and water. All other adults are expected to provide their own lunches or to purchase a lunch combo at the drugstore. Only students and adult group leaders wearing our labels eat at the farmhouses – other adults may eat elsewhere on site during lunchtime. Please call 229-391-5205, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange to have lunch combos ready for your extra adults and visitors.
During Your Visit:
Please be aware that you will probably not be the only group onsite that day. We often have other groups participating in a workshop, or touring. You may have your orientation or get your costumes on with another school. This will in no way interfere with your group or your visit.
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.
Please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing. No sandals or ball caps. White shirt and jeans are no longer required.
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!
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.
If your group requires overnight accommodations in Tifton, please let us know. We will be happy to assist you.
Reservations are required for our Visit to the Past workshop. Please click on the following link to fill out the Visit to the Past Workshop Registration Form. Your workshop is not reserved until you receive a reservation confirmation from the Education Department.