Keeler Tavern Museum

Keeler Tavern is an 18th-century building that now serves as a living history museum. Students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers can see changing exhibits, historical furnishings and objects, and the 1915 Cass Gilbert Garden House which overlooks the walled garden. Tours are led by costumed docents, who lead groups through richly-themed rooms that portray life in rural Connecticut across three centuries of historical change. Groups might also be shown the cannonball still lodged in an outer wall of the museum!

contact info

Hrs: Wed., Sat. & Sun. 1PM-4PM, & By appointment.

School

Students can meet costumed interpreters and learn what the Keeler Tavern was like during colonial times. The "Colonial Ridgefield" program lets them help in the kitchen, prepare herbs for a variety of uses, and explore the tavern and post office. Additional activities may be added to this program like writing with quill pens, embroidery, and choosing sides in the American Revolution. The "National Connections" program has students interact with characters from the Battle of Ridgefield, the Civil War, and the Gilded Age. They will also study primary and secondary source documents. In October, the "Hands on History" program explores STEM concepts in a historical setting with 18th and 19th century tools, machines, and trades.

supports classroom learning in:
Social Studies, STEM.

topics covered:
American Revolution, Civil War, colonial history, industry, living history.

contact info
Name: Sarah Blandford
Phone: 203-438-5485
Email: sblandford@keelertavernmuseum.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 minutes-4 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1. Registration: Phone, Email. Cost: Fee

Living History Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned between $13-$16 per month. Reading about these facts is interesting, but actually living them makes the information come alive. Living History Centers can allow students to experience how people lived during important historical eras, including enlisting as a soldier during the Civil War.

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Keeler Tavern Museum

Keeler Tavern is an 18th-century building that now serves as a living history museum. Students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers can see changing exhibits, historical furnishings and objects, and the 1915 Cass Gilbert Garden House which overlooks the walled garden. Tours are led by costumed docents, who lead groups through richly-themed rooms that portray life in rural Connecticut across three centuries of historical change. Groups might also be shown the cannonball still lodged in an outer wall of the museum!

contact info

Hrs: Wed., Sat. & Sun. 1PM-4PM, & By appointment.

Scouts

Scouts can schedule a private tour to learn about the Keeler Tavern Museum and its history. They can explore a colonial kitchen, learn about the Revolutionary War and Civil War, and explore colonial history. Led by costumed docents, scouts can explore each room in the Keeler Tavern Museum, furnished to explore a different aspect of everyday life.

supports scout badges in:
Social Studies.

topics covered:
American Revolution, Civil War, colonial history, industry, living history

contact info
Name: Sarah Blandford
Phone: 203-438-5485
Email: sblandford@keelertavernmuseum.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 8 minimum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 minutes-1 hour. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Online. Cost: Fee

Living History Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned between $13-$16 per month. Reading about these facts is interesting, but actually living them makes the information come alive. Living History Centers can allow students to experience how people lived during important historical eras, including enlisting as a soldier during the Civil War.

View Lesson Plan>>

Keeler Tavern Museum

Keeler Tavern is an 18th-century building that now serves as a living history museum. Students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers can see changing exhibits, historical furnishings and objects, and the 1915 Cass Gilbert Garden House which overlooks the walled garden. Tours are led by costumed docents, who lead groups through richly-themed rooms that portray life in rural Connecticut across three centuries of historical change. Groups might also be shown the cannonball still lodged in an outer wall of the museum!

contact info

Hrs: Wed., Sat. & Sun. 1PM-4PM, & By appointment.

Camp

Camp groups can schedule a private tour to learn about the Keeler Tavern Museum and its history. Tours can be specialized to focus on topics of interest. Each room in the house is furnished to explore a different aspect of everyday life in the 18th and 19th centuries. Led by costumed docents, your group can learn about farming, the American Revolution, and more.

contact info
Name: Sarah Blandford
Phone: 203-438-5485
Email: sblandford@keelertavernmuseum.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 minutes-1 hour. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1. Registration: Online. Cost: Fee

Living History Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned between $13-$16 per month. Reading about these facts is interesting, but actually living them makes the information come alive. Living History Centers can allow students to experience how people lived during important historical eras, including enlisting as a soldier during the Civil War.

View Lesson Plan>>

Keeler Tavern Museum

Keeler Tavern is an 18th-century building that now serves as a living history museum. Students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers can see changing exhibits, historical furnishings and objects, and the 1915 Cass Gilbert Garden House which overlooks the walled garden. Tours are led by costumed docents, who lead groups through richly-themed rooms that portray life in rural Connecticut across three centuries of historical change. Groups might also be shown the cannonball still lodged in an outer wall of the museum!

contact info

Hrs: Wed., Sat. & Sun. 1PM-4PM, & By appointment.

Homeschool

Homeschoolers can meet costumed interpreters and learn what the Keeler Tavern was like during colonial times. The "Colonial Ridgefield" program lets them help in the kitchen, prepare herbs for a variety of uses, and explore the tavern and post office. Additional activities may be added to this program like writing with quill pens, embroidery, and choosing sides in the American Revolution. The "National Connections" program has students interact with characters from the Battle of Ridgefield, the Civil War, and the Gilded Age. They will also study primary and secondary source documents. In October, the "Hands on History" program explores STEM concepts in a historical setting with 18th and 19th century tools, machines, and trades.

topics covered:
American Revolution, Civil War, colonial history, industry, living history, STEM, social studies.

contact info
Name: Sarah Blandford
Phone: 203-438-5485
Email: sblandford@keelertavernmuseum.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 minutes-4 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1. Registration: Phone, Email. Cost: Fee

Living History Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned between $13-$16 per month. Reading about these facts is interesting, but actually living them makes the information come alive. Living History Centers can allow students to experience how people lived during important historical eras, including enlisting as a soldier during the Civil War.

View Lesson Plan>>

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