How do we know what we know? Participants utilize objects and documents, such as diaries and inventories, to learn about the Hale Homestead. Students are asked to weigh the historical evidence as they consider various questions during the interactive tour.
Patriotism and Peril
Students learn about the Hale family during the American Revolution by focusing on the war's effect on the homefront and discussing the ways the Hales supported the war effort. This hands-on tour considers how both men and women expressed patriotism during this era.
Grade Level: 3-5
Tour length: 30-45 minutes
Learning about the Land
Explore the landscape of the Hale Homestead. Learn about the farm where Nathan Hale grew up through hands-on activities. Participants learn about the variety of tasks associated with a farm, as well as the crops grown and animals the Hales raised.
Grade level: 3-5
Tour Length: 45 minutes
Hands-On History Activities
Complement your house or landscape tour with one of the following activities.
All activities appropriate for grades 3-6.
Activities last 30-45 minutes.
Hearth and Health-Students learn about colonial food ways and home remedies that Mrs. Hale might have used. Youths enjoy a snack and make a sachet to take home while learning about diet, food preservation and 18th-century medicine.
Swifts and Spindles-What did 18th-century Americans wear and how was it made? Children experience the process of making fabric out of wool and flax by carding, spinning, weaving and dyeing. Participants try on 18th-century colonial apparel to learn about clothing styles.
Reading, Writing and Whirligigs- What was school like when Nathan Hale taught? Experience 18th-century school life as participants read, write with quill pens and ink, and cipher. Then it's time for recess with old-fashioned games and pastimes.
Spy for a Day- What was it like to be a spy during the American Revolution? Students examine Nathan Hale's role as a spy and try some of the tools of the trade including invisible ink, searching for clues, and writing in code.
Shadow Portrait- Discover the only known image of Nathan Hale! Hear about the portrait's exciting history and learn about the art of shadow portraits. Children create their own shadow portrait.
Inventory Activity- See what the Hales owned! Using John Hale's 1802 inventory and reproduction objects; participants discuss the farm implements and their values, as well as the house furnishings comparable to their homes today.
Travel Back to the 18th century for a week of summer fun and exploration. Kids will participate in hands-on activities that are both fun and educational. Engage in scenic walks around the landscape and visit local landmarks, including a historic cemetery. Recreate what life was like for the Hale family, and experience what it was like to be an 18th-century soldier. Cost $150 per youth. For registration information, contact the Nathan Hale Homestead at 860.742.6917 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To book a school or youth group, please call 860.742.6917 or email email@example.com
The cost is $5 per student; the fee includes a tour and one activity. Additional activities may be added for $2 per activity. Programs can be scheduled when the site is closed.
All school and youth groups must make a confirmed reservation.We recommend scheduling your visit at least two weeks in advance.
School tours are scheduled Monday-Friday with flexible starting times; youth programs are scheduled Monday-Saturday. Programs at the Hale Homestead and Hempsted Houses are not available January through March. One 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.
Deposit/ Cancellation Policy
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.
Some of our properties have space available for lunch. Please inquire when making your reservation.
Currently, Connecticut Landmarks is offering scholarships for admission and transportation on a first-come first serve basis for two of our sites. Thanks to the generosity of the SBM Charitable Foundation, we are able to offer busing and admission scholarships to any group visiting the Nathan Hale Homestead.