Funk Heritage Center School Field Trips
The Funk Heritage
Center is designated by the state legislature as Georgia’s Official Frontier and Southeastern Indian Interpretive
Center. Guided tours of the Bennett History Museum are designed with the
Georgia Performance Standards in mind and require a minimum of twenty
students. Students learn about the
Southeastern Indians and early European Settlers of the Appalachian foothills.
Teachers can also add a visit to the museum gift shop to their field trip where children can select inexpensive items. Child care center tours are offered during the summer.
Below: Students visit the Hall of the Ancients, the Rogers Native Art Gallery and the Sellars Gallery of Historic Hand Tools.
Schools can make advance reservations for the following school field
Native Americans of the Southeast - 1 hour $5
view a 15 minute film on the Southeastern Indians and see exhibits in the
Longhouse and in the Hall of Ancients. They learn the types of shelters the
Southeastern Indians built, how they hunted, fished and farmed, what they wore
and how they traveled. The group will be introduced to the culture of these
people, the Trail of Tears and the impact of European settlements on the Native
population. They will also see how archaeology has contributed to our knowledge
of the past. With outdoor option, add $2.
From Past to Present - 1 ½ hour $6
tour includes a film on the Southeastern Indians, a visit to the Hall of the
Ancients and the Longhouse. In the Rogers Contemporary Native American Art
Gallery, there are many types of art
including baskets, sculptures, pottery, beadwork and paintings by artists who
are descendants of the original Southeastern Indians. This tour includes the
Sellars Gallery of Historic Hand Tools featuring a unique collection of tools
from more than 100 crafts. Docents focus on tools used by important craftsmen
studied in the elementary grades. With outdoor option, add $2.
Option: History Alive – 1 hour ($2 additional fee)
visit to the Appalachian Settlement, weather permitting, may be added to Tour 1
or 2. Students will learn how the Appalachian settlers lived. They will visit a
historic log cabin, the blacksmith shop and learn how pioneer families coped
with daily difficulties and their legacy. Living history volunteers dressed in period clothing may be a part of
this program when available. Otherwise, docents will explain how frontier
families lived in the 1840’s. This program is not offered in December, January
Special School Programs
The annual Georgia
History Timeline is held in the Appalachian Settlement each fall. This
popular living history event is reserved for school students. Groups are
scheduled to visit professional history interpreters who present brief programs,
and students will visit the pioneer village. Teachers are encouraged to make
reservations early in order to schedule the best day and time for their school.
In 2012, the program will be held October 10, 11 and 12. One teacher per 20
students admitted free. $12 per student/adult.
Pioneer Days is an annual two-hour
program for grades K-5. It is held in May in the Appalachian Settlement and features living history
volunteers dressed in period clothing. Children visit log cabins, the
blacksmith shop, the sorghum syrup mill and observe settlers demonstrating
crafts. They will enjoy pioneer games and old-time music. This outdoor event does not include a tour of
the Bennett History Museum. One teacher per 20 students admitted free. $7 per
Group Tour Prices
- School field trip admission
fees for students are $5 or $6 depending on the tour selected and $6.00
for adults (plus tax if your group is not sales tax exempt). We will give a discount to Title I schools.
- If your tour includes History
Alive as an option, there is an extra charge of $2 per student/adult.
- Guided tours may be arranged
for groups of 20 or more children..
- Summer group tours for child
care centers may include a special craft session ($1 craft fee added to
tour fee) and may be arranged for a group of 10 or more children.
- Prices are subject to change
for special event school field trips.
Picnic tables available on the grounds
Comments from Third Grade Students
I thought the field trip was awesome. * My favorite part was the movie. * I learned that Indians were alive in 1,000 BC and they used spears and bow and arrows to hunt animals for food. * The indians wore deer skins, beaver skins, skunk skins and squirrel skins and we got to feel them too. * I loved all the tours but I especially liked the tool room. * My favorite part was the weapons, they were cool and our guide was awesome. * It was the best field trip since Pre-K. * This was the first time I ever touched a deer skin. * We saw this really big cool rock with writing on it. It amazed me. * I liked the tool room because we saw over 2,000 tools in this room. This was a cool trip!