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  • The Funk Heritage Center
  • The Funk Heritage Center
  • The Funk Heritage Center
  • The Funk Heritage Center
  • The Funk Heritage Center

 School Group Tours to the Funk Heritage Center 

school busesSchool tours of the Funk Heritage Center are aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards (sections are indicated in bold) for various grades. To assist teachers and parents, we have provided a link to the Georgia Department of Education website. You can locate the social studies standards for each grade by clicking on

The programs are designed to provide a high level of learning and engagement for students of all ages while maintaining the fun and exciting nature of a field trip. To make a reservation for a school group, call 770-720-5967 and a representative will work with you to customize your tour. Click here for a pdf page listing all school tours.

Because of the innovative ways the Funk Heritage Center addresses its mission, the Center was designated Georgia’s Official Frontier and Southeastern Indian Interpretive Center by the Georgia Legislature.

                       Advanced Registration is required for all school group tours.

 pioneer music program    Guided Tours for School Groups

Guided Tours of the Bennett History Museum

Students learn about the Southeastern Indians and the early European Settlers of the Appalachian foothills. Teachers are welcome to add a museum gift shop visit to the tour. Minimum group tour size is 20 students. Also, weather permitting, visits to the Appalachian Settlement can be added to a 60 or 90 minute museum tour. See  the History Alive page to learn more about this option. For students K - 3, teachers may want to consider including a 15 minute Pioneer Music program. Children enjoy singing along with our pioneer lady while she talks about a variety of instruments used by pioneers. This indoor program is also available during winter months.  If you are interested in adding this option to a museum tour, mention this to our reservation specialist when making your reservations for a tour.  

Hall of Ancients school tour Rogers Art Gallery school tour Tool Gallery
Hall of the Ancients Students learn about Life Along the Etowah Sellars Gallery
of Historic Hand Tools

Child Care Center Tours

Tours for groups of children from child care facilities are offered during the summer. Tours are similar to school tours and children can go to the Appalachian Settlement, weather permitting. This tour includes a craft ($1 craft fee is added to tour fee) and the minimum group size is 15 children.

Special Programs for School Groups     

Georgia History Timeline

This popular living history event is held in the Appalachian Settlement in each year in October. Professional history interpreters 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.  This event is reserved for school groups.

Pioneer Days

This annual May event is is a two-hour program for grades K-5. It is held 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. Children also enjoy pioneer games and period music. This outdoor event does not include a tour of the Bennett History Museum. 

Comments from Third Graders who visit the Funk Heritage Center

Touching animal skins in the Hall of the Ancients

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!