Homeschool Programs

Historic New England presents our award-winning school programs specifically for homeschool families

Historic New England is proud to present a wide variety of programs for homeschool families.

For each program:

There must be a minimum of 5 children registered for programs to run. Programs are limited to 24 people. Full payment is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable (unless program is cancelled by us due to under-enrollment). No registrations will be accepted on the day of the program. Questions? Email [email protected]

Sample Programs

(De)Light and Surprise

Explore Beauport, discovering Henry Davis Sleeper's use of light and incorporation of whimsy.

  • (De)Light and Surprise

    Explore Beauport, discovering Henry Davis Sleeper's use of light and incorporation of whimsy.

  • Dirt Detectives

    Become an archaeologist at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm!

  • Backyard Medicine

    Harvest and taste herbs while exploring the wide variety of plants at Casey Farm.

Fall 2022 Registration Now Open!

Please note: Due to continued uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided not to create a full year’s schedule of homeschool programs. Instead we will be adding new programs as we are able to. If you would like to be added to our homeschool mailing list, please email [email protected]

Monday, September 12. (De)Light and Surprise: Designing Wonder at Beauport. Ages 5-14.
Art and Design. Beauport, Gloucester, Mass. Henry David Sleeper was one of America’s first professional interior designers, and his summer home was his laboratory and showcase. Participants will explore Sleeper’s use of light and the ways he incorporated elements of surprise throughout the house as inspiration for their own works of art.


Monday, October 17. Dirt Detectives. Ages 5-14. Archaeology. Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury, Mass. October is Massachusetts Archaeology Month! Participants become archaeologists as they excavate a mock pit with actual tools of the trade and process reproduction artifacts in a field lab. Inside the museum, they explore building archaeology via trap doors. They analyze objects to learn about daily life at the farm over the last 300 years.


Wednesday, November 9. Around the World in Salem. Ages 8-13. History and Geography. Phillips House, Salem, Mass. Explore the world without leaving Salem! The objects in the Phillips House reflect Salem’s history as a major trading port, tied to the rest of the world through its sailing ships and merchants. In this program, we will practice mapping skills while finding goods from around the globe, including some we can touch, smell, and even taste!


Tuesday, December 6 and Wednesday, December 7. Deck the Halls: A Celebration of Christmas. Ages 5-14. Art and Celebration. Eustis Estate, Milton, Mass. Many of the Christmas customs we take for granted today were invented or popularized during Victorian times and were flourishing when the Eustis Estate was built in 1878. We invite you to get comfortable in the lavishly decorated mansion while creating a variety of holiday crafts and enjoying seasonal refreshments. Don’t forget to check under the tree for something to take home! $25 members/$30 nonmembers due to cost of materials.

Deck the Halls is our most popular homeschool program and will be offered in four sessions this year. Each session will be limited to no more than 24 people.

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