Fall Field Trips
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September 26th-29th and October 3rd-6th
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Students engage in 4 hands-on experiences in the nation's most extensive collection of log cabins.
During a field trip to Hart Square, students will spend 30 minutes at each demonstration listed below.
Authentic experiences are held outdoors and in the Education Center.
$15 a student
All teachers and administrative staff are free (Excluding homeschool teachers)
Chaperones passes are available for purchase at the bottom of the page.
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Your Day at Hart Square
Apple Cider Making
Apples were consumed for sustenance; or were made into cider, vinegar, and brandy. They were also made into preserves and apple butter. This class will focus on the growth cycle of apples and their journey to America. Students will get a scientific understanding of cross-pollination and of “grafting,” which is the technique of joining a piece of wood from a tree we wish to propagate to a rootstock. Also, everyone can try some fresh apple cider from Davis and Son Cidery!
Corn Husk Angel Making
This art form originated in Native American culture. Corn husk dolls have to do with the Corn Spirit, which is one of the “three sisters” or “sustainers of life” – corn, beans, and squash. Come listen to the folk story about the Corn Spirit while making your own corn husk doll or angel to take home with you.
The music of Appalachia has roots in the convergence of many cultures including Scots-Irish, British, German, West African, and Native American. Traditional instruments traveled across oceans with these cultures to create a unique, American sound. In this demonstration, we will learn about these cultures, instruments, and songwriters.
Carolina Life Cabin Tour
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Hart Square from the person who knows it best. We will explore several cabin interiors, learn about the tools and inventions of the nineteenth century, and experience daily life for the pioneers. Hart Square’s historic log cabin collection is the largest in the nation.
Meet the Artists
Beau Sigmon - Appalachian Music
I started playing acoustic guitar at age 5 in my family's three-generation band, the Sigmon Stringers. After traveling around the Southeast and winning a few folk and bluegrass competitions, I began exploring other genres of Southern music, including blues, rock, jazz, and gospel. To expand my knowledge, I studied under Paul Holt (CVCC Adjunct Professor), Donnie Little (folk musician and Yates luthier), and Bobby Steadman (classical performance). I enjoy carrying on an important American oral tradition with the universal language of music. For your students, I perform different types of music and instruments that immigrated here with the various European settlers and pay close attention to the influence of West African cultures.
Zan Saunders - Village Tour Guide
I grew up at Hart Square, learning the history of the cabins and artifacts. I am also a full-time employee and oversee the maintenance and preservation of the village. I’m grateful to have been personally trained by our founder Dr. Hart to be equipped with specific knowledge of the pioneers of our area and their lifestyles. I trained with Dr. Hart for eight years and have led tours for four years. My favorite cabin is the Propst House, built in 1792 and moved to Hart Square in 1982. I am part of the Hart Square Dance Troupe and enjoy performing at various living history events at our site. I graduated from CVCC with an AAS in Mechatronics Engineering Technology.
Judy Sigmon - Apple Cider Making
I am from Bethesda, MD, and attended N.C.S.U., where I received my B.S. in Horticulture and met and married my husband, Bill Sigmon. I moved to Newton and opened a greenhouse/growing business in 1981.
As a Master Gardener volunteer and trainer, I spent time as an adjunct professor of horticulture at C.V.C.C. in the late ’80s and ’90s. We sold most of our gardening business in 2006 while Bill continued his landscape and irrigation contractor business under Carolina Sunshine Landscaping. I learned new skills and shared my passions by teaching about herbs, art, gardening, science, and nature to all age groups. I’ve been married 43+ years have two daughters and three grandchildren. I have also led the “Art For All” programs at the Hickory Museum of Art (an outreach program of art classes).
I have volunteered at Hart Square for the past ten years as an Herb Gardener. This Spring, I will be serving as an adjunct professor of horticulture at C.V.C.C.
Kim Harvey - Corn Husk Angel Making
As a fiber artist, I love to knit, sew, felt, make costumes and decorate. At home, I find great pleasure in cooking food, by myself or with friends—growing, preserving, baking, and sharing. I am grateful to have taught for the past 35 years. I have experience professionally guiding rock climbing, kayaking adventures, leading field trips with the Catawba Science Center, teaching art at Suzuki summer music institute, volunteering as a Master Gardener, and tutoring struggling readers. I have always learned more from my students than I have offered them. Children (and adults) learn in ways different from those often used in a formal classroom, and I know that the arts give many people a powerful opportunity to experience success. Learning takes place via all five senses, and no one way is better than another. I grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. My husband and I moved to North Carolina in 1991. I have three amazing sons and continue to live on the farm where they grew up exploring, creating, and making music.
Chaperones are encouraged to attend with the students. We ask that you purchase a pass online before attending your field trip. Please wear appropriate walking shoes and be respectful of our demonstrators while allowing our students’ time of learning to be the top priority. Chaperone passes are $20 and can be purchased here.
Why Hart Square Village for our field trip?
Hart Square is the nation's largest collection of historic log cabins. When students visit the Village, they are not just walking through a museum. They get to observe artists and tradespeople at work and gain a deeper appreciation for the Early American pioneers with our hands-on activities. We cap our daily student admission to 200 so your students can have a more intimate and memorable experience.
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