Every October, the Beaufort Historic Site creates a lasting educational experience for fourth grade students during the traditional time of harvest. This year, Harvest Time takes place Monday through Friday, October 13th-17th and 20th-24th, from 9 a.m. until noon each day. Students will rotate through four engaging and informative hands-on stations where volunteers and docents dressed in period dress will demonstrate, discuss, and interact with students in a variety of educational activities.
Harvest Time is an annual event that the Beaufort Historical Association’s Educational Committee prepares for at length, and it is one of the Association’s largest educational initiatives. This event allows today’s children to experience life as it was in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Beaufort through collaborative activities and lively demonstrations. Colonial stations scheduled for this year’s Harvest Time include: open hearth preparation and cooking, candle dipping, colonial gardening, and woodworking.
The Beaufort Historical Association develops and implements such programs as Harvest Time to educate children about the rich history of Beaufort and Carteret County. Both the Educational Committee and the volunteers who help design the event follow the curricula of the Fourth Grade North Carolina Standard Course of Study for Social Studies. The program is run almost entirely with the help of dedicated volunteers, and it is just one of many educational opportunities provided to area students by the BHA.
Harvest Time is offered to fourth grade classes from public and private schools, as well as to home schooled children from Carteret and surrounding counties. For more information on this or any of the Beaufort Historic Site’s upcoming educational programs, please call (252) 728-5225.