Visit The Castle for a rewarding out-of-the-classroom learning experience!

Experience life in the nineteenth century with a visit to The Castle Historic House Museum. It’s the ideal place to immerse your students in the history of nineteenth century America with experiential tours and hands-on activities. The Castle offers standards-based educational opportunities for classroom students, homeschoolers, scouts, or youth groups. We also can tailor programs to fit your group’s area of interest.

Teacher Orientation Packet
Before booking one of our programs, please review this document with pre-trip information. Contained within are helpful resources like the field trip checklist and policies, chaperone forms, OH & WV standards, and activities for before and after your visit.
Bus Fund
Thanks to the generosity of our membership, a fund has been established to help offset the travel expenses for schools interested in participating in a field trip to The Castle. Funding up to $200 may be awarded for travel expenses.
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Educational Programs Brochure
Download this handy brochure with information on our educational offerings!
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House Tours

Your group can enjoy the educational opportunities of The Castle with group tours led by our knowledgeable docents. Participants will learn about the history of The Castle as well as Marietta, Washington County, and American history; nineteenth century architecture, furniture, and design; the Civil War; and lifestyles, roles, and culture of nineteenth century men, women, and children, including former Castle residents.

OH Social Studies Standards Met: 3.3, 3.2, 3.5, 3.8, 3.6, 3.16, 4.2, 4.8, 4.12, 4.14, 4.23, 5.16, 5.7

WV Social Standards Met: 4.13, 4.8

Timeframe: 45 minutes – 1 hour
Availability: Throughout the year
Min: 10; Max: 50
Cost: $8 adults; $5 students

Mound Cemetery Tour

Students will enjoy a guided tour through the ancient Mound Cemetery and will hear stories of Adena and Hopewell Mound Builders, Marietta founders, Revolutionary War veterans, and other historically significant Mariettans.

OH Social Studies Standards Met: Coming Soon

WV Social Standards Met: Coming Soon

Timeframe: 45 minutes – 1 hour
Availability: March – November (weather permitting)
Min: 10; Max: 50
Cost: $7 adults; $7 students

House Tour & Mound Tour - NEW

Combine a tour of our historic house museum, The Castle, with a visit to Mound Cemetery, just a short walk away. This adventure in history accommodates multiple classes.

OH Social Studies Standards Met: 3.3, 3.2, 3.5, 3.8, 3.6, 3.16, 4.2, 4.8, 4.12, 4.14, 4.23, 5.16, 5.7, (More TBA)

WV Social Standards Met: 4.13, 4.8, (More TBA)

Timeframe: 1 hour 45 minutes
Availability: March – November (weather permitting)
Min: 10; Max: 100
Cost: $12 adults; $10 students

Tea & Tour

In addition to the house tour, groups receive a catered Victorian style tea with finger foods. Participants will have the opportunity to practice Victorian etiquette and manners.

Timeframe: 2 hours
Availability: Throughout the year
Min: 12; Max: 48
Cost: $20 adults; $15 students

Day at The Castle

Tour the house, cook like a pioneer, create a craft from the past, and learn games from long ago. This is a hands-on program that teaches how food was obtained, prepared, preserved, and cooked in the nineteenth century. Participants help fix a rustic stew, cornbread, and applesauce cake cooked in our fireplace and then served as the midday meal. Groups choose from a variety of craft activities, for example: leatherwork, pottery, thaumatrope, and paper weaving. We also include indoor and/or outdoor (weather permitting) pastimes (aka games) for this program.

OH Social Studies Standards Met: 3.3, 3.2, 3.5, 3.8, 3.6, 3.16, 3.7, 3.17, 3.19, 4.2, 4.8, 4.12, 4.14, 4.23, 4.13, 5.16, 5.7, 5.15, 5.17, 5.18

WV Social Standards Met: 3.9, 3.17, 3.19, 4.5, 4.9, 4.8, 4.17, 4.13

Please Note: This field trip option is restricted to 3rd grade students and above. Also, with this program a meal is provided, as described above. We cook our meal so that all participants, including chaperones, can partake. Those not interested in the meal may bring their own bagged lunch, but we do not provide refrigeration. Please notify us of dietary restrictions.
Timeframe: 4 hours
Availability: September – April; Tuesdays or Wednesdays; Begins at 10 am
Min: 12; Max: 40
Cost: $8 adults; $8 students

Field Trip Guidelines: 
Please read this page for further details on these programs and to make reservations. Information and additional guidelines will be sent to interested groups.
To book one of these programs, please fill out the Field Trip Request Form:

*Please note: Programs must be booked no later than two weeks in advance. No exceptions. Payment is preferred two weeks in advance, but will be accepted the day of the program in the amount due for the number of participants quoted at the time of booking.

Have other questions? Please contact The Castle’s Education Director at 740-373-4180 or via email at [email protected]

Interested in other educational opportunities at The Castle? Follow this link to learn more about our ongoing programs!
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