Jacksonville's Historic Underground Railroad
Fall Festival PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 September 2009 04:06

Our first Fall Festival on Sunday, September 27. Come and visit Woodlawn Farm against an autumn backdrop that will feature music (including Ken Bradbury), a visit from Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman, a demonstration of 19th century rifles and pistols by a local gunsmith, and our first public showing of the vintage farm equipment given to us by our good friends at the Prairieland Heritage Museum

 Flyer available here.



 The Fall Festival was a success - pictures here.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 October 2009 18:55
20 June 2009 - Visitors from St. Louis PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 June 2009 17:32

20 June 2009 - Visitors from St. Louis


Children Tours Woodlawn Farm June 2008--May 31, 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 May 2009 13:08

Children Tours Woodlawn Farm June 2008--May 31, 2009

We have many school groups who come out to the Farm for tours.  Some of these tours are for most of the day.  We divide the group into groups of 15-20 and send them around the Farm for activities which would have happened in the midst of the 19th century.  For example, we take one group up from the creek as runaway slaves (freedom seekers), another group goes to the parlor where they learn about the Huffaker family and their willingness to risk their fortune and their reputation by being a safe house on the UGRR.  A third group would go to the kitchen and listen to Mammy Blue’s tales of her escape and work on the Farm.  She would teach them some songs and show them some plantation food.  The archaeologists might be there and show the children how they did their work and discovered the site of the first cabin.  Another group might go to the medical tent where a nurse would treat common illnesses.  Another group would make a craft such as yarn dolls or whirly toys while another group played games which were common in the 19th century.  Upstairs the children would see the children’s bedroom including games they played with and see the teacher’s room and talk about their education. In the basement the children would see where the Huffakers fed and clothed the freedom seekers before sending them to the workers cabins.

During the 2008-2009 year we had about 993 children who visited the Farm during our tours, some of these for a couple hours, others for most of the day.  We are fortunate to have members of our UGRR Committee who are willing to give their time to provide this experience for children.



---Mary Hathaway, Education Chair and Tour Director 

Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2009 19:44

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