Civil War Education Programs at Historic Tredegar in Richmond, Virginia.
Two Great Institutions
One Historic Site

Our programs are developed with the Virginia SOLs in mind.

All onsite programs are FREE for students in groups of ten or more;
reservations must be made prior to your visit.

Student groups participate in exciting, interactive programs presented by the American Civil War Museum and the National Park Service.

To learn more about programming options and to reserve your visit contact
Museum Educator Sean Kane 804-649-1861 ex. 123
or Ranger Candace Hart 804-771-2018 today!

For education programs at the White House of the Confederacy visit For education programs at the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox, click here.

Complete Program List:

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Virginia History SOL Programs At Historic Tredegar In Richmond, Virginia

Lunch: We do not have food service on site; however, in good weather, there are picnic tables where you can enjoy a bag lunch.
Accessibility: the Tredegar Iron Works are ADA compliant and all programs can be adjusted to meet specific needs. Please make us aware of any necessary accommodations when you book your program.
Start time: Programs are scheduled to begin at the time indicated on the confirmation. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of the program to ensure that your students receive the full experience.

Brown's Island Tour:
This small island near Tredegar played a significant role in the Civil War as the Confederate Ordnance Laboratory. Students will explore the island and use the primary source material from the James River walking bridge to discuss the roles of citizens in the Civil War, and the final days of the Confederacy.
4th-12th grade, college and adults, 30 min., $
History and Social Studies: VS.1, VS.7, USI.1, USI.9, VUS1, VUS.7
Oral Language: 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.6

The Cannon’s Roar:
To understand the importance of cannon and the mathematics necessary to operate them, students role-play an 8-member artillery crew with historically accurate equipment in this program. Students will investigate and explore a cannon that was made at Tredegar Iron Works and used during the Civil War.
4th-12th grade, 30 min.
History and Social Science: VS.7, USI.9
English: 4.2, 4.6c

The Common Soldier of the Civil War
In this presentation a National Park Service Ranger provides a duffel bag of Civil War uniforms, equipment and items related to the everyday life of the common soldier. Students hear the stories of Union and Confederate soldiers who fought around the Richmond area as well as other major battles of the Civil War.
4th-12th grade, 30 min.
6th-8th grade, 2 hr.
History and Social Science: VS.1, VS.7, USI.9
English: 4.2, 4.6, 5.2, 5.7
A black wool coat and Lincoln’s stove pipe hat will be used as props as a park ranger reads "Abe Lincoln’s Hat” by Martha Brenner. Students will view photographs and participate in activities to learn about our 16th president. Bring a camera to take photos of students with Mr. Lincoln and his son Tad.
1st-3rd grade, 1 hr.
History and Social Science: 1.2, 2.11, and 3.11
English: 1.1, 3.1, 3.11
The James River and Kanawha Canal provided waterpower for Richmond’s early industry at Tredegar Iron Works where both black and white civilians were employed. Students participate in a ranger-guided tour of this site where they observe canals, mills, raceways, and waterwheels. Grid maps and models of Tredegar Iron Works emphasize the importance of water to this site.
3rd grade, 1 hr.
History and Social Science: 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8
Students tour our gallery with a Center educator, then are assigned a trunk to unlock and explore. Reproduction artifacts tell the story of an enslaved woman, a southern student/ soldier, a northern mill worker and a Tredegar iron worker. Students use and develop critical thinking skills to analyze and figure out what these mysterious objects are telling them about everyday life in the Civil War era!
4th-6th grades, 1 hr., $
History and Social Studies: VS.1, VS.7, USI.1, USI.9, USII.1, USII3, USII4, VUS1, VUS.7
Oral Language: 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.6

The city of Richmond, center of governmental, political, social, economic, military and industrial activity, was important to both the North and the South. During this program students will gain a better understanding of Richmond’s vital role during the Civil War as they participate in a treasure hunt, view a Civil War film.
4th- 8th grade, 30 min.
History and Social Science: VS.1, VS.7, USI.1
English: 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2

This teacher guided activity explores the footbridge and observation deck on Brown’s Island. Students will locate and read primary sources, engraved on the planks of the bridge, which relate to the evacuation of Richmond in April 1865. The quotes from the home front and the military front will tell the stories of a diverse population as they witnessed the final days of the war in Richmond.
4th-12th grade, 1 hr.
History and Social Science: VS.1, VS.7,USI.1, USI.9
English: 4.5, 4.7, 4.8, 5.2, 5.6, 5.8

Fire! Rifle Musket Demonstration
Join us for a discussion and demonstration of the primary infantry weapon of the Civil War. Learn how a Civil War soldier trained and fought with the rifle musket by drilling with a costumed interpreter. Program includes a blank, black powder firing.
4th-12th grade, 45 min.
History and Social Sciences:VS.7, US1.6, US1.9

Outreach Options:
After victory, the US government wrestled with how best to reintegrate the South into the Union and newly freed African Americans into society. This program demonstrates the significance of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution and the failure of Reconstruction to prevent the rise of segregation and "Jim Crow” laws. Activities and discussion highlight the obstacles freed slaves had to overcome to achieve equal rights.
(Also available for classroom presentation)
4th-11th grades, 30 min., $
History and Social Studies: VS.1, VS.8, USII.1, USII3, USII4, VUS1, VUS.7, VUS.8
Oral Language: 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.6

This trunk is available for classroom use and is designed as a hands-on introduction to the Civil War. It contains books, magazines, Civil War DVDs, and a CD of period music which conveys the feeling of those involved in the war. Uniforms, equipment, and other Civil War items for the students to try-on will complement your classroom teaching. Due back to the park after 2 weeks.
4th-12th grade

Secession: The Course to Conflict:
New Classroom program! Step by step, events drove a deepening wedge between North and South that eventually made a peaceful reconciliation impossible. Students will examine those critical events that resulted in the Civil War. John Brown’s raid at Harpers Ferry, Lincoln’s election, Major Robert Anderson’s defense of Fort Sumter, and the Southern states’ gradual secession will all be examined with artifacts, primary documents and activities. (Also available for on-site presentation)
4th- 5th, 11th grades, 30 min., $
SOLs: VS.7a, VS.7b, VS.7c, US1.9b, and VUS.6b-c, VUS.7a

Contact Museum Educator Sean Kane at 804-649-1861 x 123 or Ranger Candace Hart at 804-771-2018 to plan your visit today!