Education takes many forms at the Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester. School groups from Dorchester are hosted each year and enjoy a hands-on approach to learning history. The youngest children can successfully “churn” butter and eat their product, too! Other activities include doing laundry with a washboard, grinding corn by hand, making crafts in the herb garden and more. Costumes intensify the experience for youngsters.
In addition to handling the chores of any 19th century farm in the area, children can learn to weave, wet felt wool and make paper. Dedicated volunteer docents lead groups through the campus to illustrate and interpret different time periods in the region.
Other area schools are invited to request field trip opportunities which will be tailored to meet the needs of the teachers and students. Our campus allows for outside activity and recreation, as well.
Heritage Crafts encompass many workshops that are offered for adults. Drawing from traditional skills and crafts past classes include screen painting, jewelry making, paper and felt making, furniture restoration and more. Adding a modern twist, artisans have offered repurposing and upcycling how-tos such as creating junk journals out of paper trash!