Meet the Hempsteds: A Colonial New London Family
Students delve into the 18th century through the words and experiences of New London resident, Joshua Hempsted. Hempsted kept a diary for over 50 years that details life in 18th-century New London, including his family's daily tasks and travels and the life of enslaved African-American Adam Jackson. Participating students will meet various family members and participate in hands-on activities, including role playing and document reading.
Grade Level: 3-6
Tour Length: 45 minutes
Delving into Joshua's Diary:
Students divide into groups to examine and read excerpts from Joshua Hempsted's diary. Using worksheets to direct their reading, the students learn about Joshua's life in New London, including his daily chores and weather observations. Participants compare and contrast diary excerpts and discuss reasons for keeping diaries. Grade Level: 3-6 Activity length: 45-60 minutes
Make a diary:
Students assemble their own diaries, and practice writing with a quill pen. Activity length: 20 minutes
From Sheep to Shawl:
Learn about Joshua's flock of sheep and how to process wool. Children clean and card the fleece, and spin it using a drop spindle. Activity length: 45 to 60 minutes.
In this activity, participants will learn about the significance of rope making during the age of sail, the various fibers that were used for cordage and the process of making rope. A length of rope will then be made on a rope making machine, with hands-on help from the participants. Activity length: 30 to 45 minutes.
How did Elizabeth Hempsted prepare dinner? Students participate in a demonstration of cooking over an open flame and using a Dutch oven. Each child receives a sample of soup and cornbread. Activity length: 45-60 minutes. This program involves an additional $3 fee for materials.
Unless noted otherwise, all house or walking tours cost $5 per student and include 1 hands-on activity. Additional hands-on activities may be added for an additional $2 per child. There is a minimum cost of $30 for any scheduled museum tour and program.
1 adult chaperone is required for every 10 students. Chaperones are admitted free of charge. Additional accompanying adults, beyond the 1:10 chaperone-student ratio, are charged regular museum admission.
A deposit in the amount of 50% of your group's expected total is required to secure a reservation. This deposit is non-refundable if the visit is cancelled with less than 48 hours' notice.
Bad Weather Policy
Cancellation caused by inclement weather (snow/ice) must be made by 9 a.m. on the day of the visit; such cancellation will be rescheduled for a later date. CTL will assume cancellation of the program should the scheduled school district close.
For additional information on School & Youth Programs at The Hempsted Houses, or to make a reservation, please contact the Site Administrator at 860-443-7949, or firstname.lastname@example.org.