The Highlands Mansion and Gardens encompasses a 44-acre historic site with a late 18th century Georgian mansion and two-acre formal garden. The site features nine outbuildings, including a bank barn, springhouse, greenhouse, smokehouse and Gothic Revival gardener's cottage.
Education Programs are:
Customized to suit any grade level and educational need
- $4 per student with free admission to the teacher and up to 3 adult chaperones
All programs meet State Educational Standards (including Social Studies, Math, English, Geography and Science)
1 ½ Hours in Length
Includes pre-and post-visit worksheets, which can be downloaded from our website
Outreach programs are available for schools that are unable to visit
To schedule your group, please contact:
Curator of Education
The Highlands Mansion & Gardens
7001 Sheaff Lane
Fort Washington, PA 19034
A Trip Through Time
As students tour The Highlands, they literally take a trip through time. Since the history of the house spans almost three centuries, students learn to identify change over time, to use different sources of historical evidence, to establish chronological order. Students evaluate and interpret how their lives compare to people living at The Highlands in the 18th & 19th centuries.
Through hands-on activities, observations and inquiries, they learn about the daily life of an 18th century summer home.
Older students investigate the past by making observations about a building’s architecture and landscape and by analyzing information gained through archaeology and documentary research. They learn to demonstrate an understanding of the story of The Highlands and its connections to the history of our state and nation.
PDF’s of Pre–Visit Activities & Post–Visit Activites
In this hands-on archaeology program, students apply the basics of scientific and historical research and analysis by participating in a model excavation. Students handle artifacts which were made or used by the people living and working at The Highlands.
Students learn to identify sites, screen & identify artifacts, and interpret the material culture of 19th century America.
Suitable for Grades 3 through 8
Please have students wear clothes they don’t mind getting dirty
PDF’s of Pre–Visit Activities & Pst–Visit Activites
Game Day enables elementary students to identify and interpret their cultural heritage through the experience of 18th and 19th century games and pastimes. These games have survived in various forms to this day. Several have their roots in Europe; some originated in West Africa; some by the native people living in North America. Emphasis is put on the excitement of learning and participating rather than competition.
PDF’s of Pre–Visit Activities
The 2-acre formal garden is home to various plants, flowers and wildlife. Students discover and learn to interpret the importance of open space to humans and animals through hands-on activities. In the restored 1918 Greenhouse, students will learn about herbs, medicinal plants and much more. The program will conclude with a nature hike exploring the sites outbuildings.
PDF’s of Pre–Visit Activities
Summer Fun at The Highlands
Learn about the history in your own back yard! The Highlands Mansion & Gardens will offer campers the opportunity to explore the 44-acre historic site during this exciting week-long program. Campers will take part in hands-on activities such as digging for lost treasure, gardening, and colonial sports, all of which bring history to life! Historic craft projects and cooking are also in store!
See Calendar of Events Page for current dates and times
- Ages : 8-12 years
- Fee - $125 per child; $100 per child of HHS Members
Where: The Highlands Mansion & Gardens
7001 Sheaff Lane, Fort Washington, PA 19034
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