Historic Ramsey House strives to give students a fun, interactive, and educational historic experience that they will
remember for years to come! Students will tour the original 1797 stone mansion, and experience early Tennessee
life as the Ramsey’s would have known it, through stories and interactive activities. Participants will learn about the
numerous contributions this incredible family made to their community.
Group Size: Although we welcome larger groups, we recommend groups be around 40 or less.
Program Length: 2-2.5 hours, depending on program choices
Cost of Education Program: $6.00 for children/$5.00 for chaperones/No charge for teachers and bus drivers
COVID-19 Policies: Historic Ramsey House cares about your well-being, and the well-being of our staff and volunteers. We are currently following the Knox County Face Covering mandate, which states that masks are required inside all buildings and where a distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained. We appreciate your groups support and understanding during these challenging times!
The Ramsey House Educational Experience
● Guided Tour: Students will enjoy a guided tour of the Historic Ramsey House to learn about a frontier
kitchen, the furnishings of the period, as well as the importance of the Ramsey Family to the development of
both the state of Tennessee and the city of Knoxville.
● Toys & Games: Students will play games from times past, just as the Ramsey children would have done.
● Surveying: Students will learn the importance of land ownership and the purpose of surveying in the 18th
century. Following in Colonial Ramsey’s footsteps, they will mark boundaries and landmarks using a
compass and surveyor’s chain, basic tools of the time.
● Choice of one of the following:
o Butter Churning: Students will experience the time and effort it takes to churn their own butter. We
promise their efforts will reap a delicious reward! (Allergy Information: Dairy and Gluten)
o Cornhusk Dolls: Originally made by Native Americans, cornhusk dolls were very common in the
early days of America. Students will create their very own doll to take home! (Students must be able
to successfully tie knots).
o Candle Dipping: Students will learn about the art and necessity of candle dipping in frontier
Tennessee and enjoy dipping their very own candle to take home! (Grades 2 and up).
o Write a Summons: Colonel Ramsey served as clerk of the superior court. In this activity, students
will have the opportunity to write a court summons with quill and ink. Letter folding and sealing
o Heritage Bracelet: The enslaved men and women were very important to the daily lives and comfort of the
Ramsey household. Learn about their part to the Ramsey story and make a heritage bracelet.
Information and Reservations
- A minimum of 10 students to form a group for the discounted rates.
- Picnic and indoor eating facilities, rest rooms, and museum shop are available.
- Interactive Learning Experiences are $6.00 per student/$5.00 per adult chaperone
- No tour charge for teachers and bus drivers.