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Homeschool Fridays

June 10 @ 10:30 am 2:30 pm

A program specially designed for homeschool families, with interpretive discussions, demonstrations, and hand-on activities. 

 Pre-registration with full payment is required. 

$10/ Members $8; Additional workshops: Members $5 / Non-members $7

Rain or shine.

Register:  Programs@Digshistory.org / 240-895-4980

Good Clean Fun—Soap Making

10:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m. 

Ages 9 & up

Soap making goes back thousands of years. The most basic materials used for soap making were those found in nature.  Through demonstrations and discussions, students will learn about the history of soap, how it was made and its many uses. Join the Plantation staff for some good clean fun. 


Compass Creations

10:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Ages 7 & up

This program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain insight into the navigational methods used by sailors in the 17th century. Students will gain an understanding of the science behind magnetic compasses used at sea and how they are still used today. Participants will create their own rudimentary compass and test their direction-finding skills.


Experimental Archeology Artventure 

1:00—2:30 p.m. 

Ages 6 & up

Experimental archeology is a hands-on way to gather knowledge about how things were made long ago. Students will engage in experimental archeology when they join the Woodland Indian Hamlet staff in exploring the nearby area to gather colorful natural resources that would have historically been used to make pigments. Students should be prepared to be inspired by all the colors found in nature—and to get messy!


Food Fashion and Fun

1:00—2:30 p.m.

Ages 6 & up 

This workshop provides students an opportunity to learn and experience many aspects of daily life in St. Mary’s City in the 17th century.  Through discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on participation, students will explore, examine, and connect to the material culture of Maryland’s past. See how a meal was prepared on an open fire using a period recipe. Discover what was fashionable at the time and have fun with style by making your own cornhusk doll. Hear about pastimes and try your hand at playing a game or two.  


The Exploring the Past_- High School Walking Tour

10:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

This program is designed to meet a portion of the US and AP US History curriculum. This tour includes topics about colonial Maryland history throughout the 1600s, comparing and contrasting different groups of people living in Maryland at the time of and after point of contact, religious and political history at Maryland’s first capital, and the tobacco economy. The tour begins at the visitor center and visits the Mackall Barn, Reconstructed Brick Chapel (ca. 1667), Woodland Indian Hamlet, and Town Center.


June 10
10:30 am – 2:30 pm
18751 Hogaboom Lane
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
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