Education at Hope Lodge
Hope Lodge, significant for its architecture, its history, and its collections, provides a great classroom with rich resources for all ages and levels of historical interest. Since the primary interpretive themes at Hope Lodge are Samuel Morris, William and Alice Degn and the comparison of the 18th century at Hope Lodge with a 20th century interpretation of the 18th century at the site, educational programs focus primarily on the Colonial (c. 1750) and Colonial Revival (c. 1920-1940) periods at the site.
Hands-on, tactile experiences are significant elements of our children's programs. To experience, see, smell and feel allows greater understanding. During a school tour, the children see the 18th century rooms. They learn about life in the 18th century for servants and the owners of the house through our Education Committee Interpreters in period dress as well as through assorted reproduction items the children can touch. They smell the cooking fire and taste the Johnny cakes. During the Children's Summer History Camp participants learn about life in the 18th and early 20th centuries through music, crafts, games and special tours of the mansion.
Family groups and individuals enjoy numerous events through the year in a relaxed fun filled atmosphere. They lean about lifestyles from the 18th through 20th centuries by participating and observing demonstrations, lectures, and special events, all focusing on over 250 years from when Hope Lodge was first built. Perhaps the most popular program at Hope Lodge, the 1777 Reenactment, has plenty for visitors of all interest levels and ages to enjoy, from medical military interpretation to fireplace cooking and other colonial crafts. While this program is not derived from our primary interpretation, it does derive historical significance from the fact that the mansion was headquarters for Surgeon General John Cochran during the Whitemarsh Encampment of 1777. Visit our calendar for a complete list of events.
Reaching a diverse audience is important to the site. Family and youth groups are particularly encouraged to visit and learn about our past. After all, the youth of today are our supporters of tomorrow. They are our future.