Historic Rural Hill

Historic Rural Hill

Let Historic Rural Hill provide you with a great experience-based and cross-curricular field trip! Our programs have been offered to thousands of students since 2009! Believing that the best education is one that is built upon direct experience, students are allowed to smell, touch, hear, and

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Programs for School Groups


Program description

Programs for school groups include:

Light and Heat in the Eighteenth Century (most popular; blends science and history)

Watch as fires are made and candles are poured, explore historic structures and meet our small herd of Highland Cattle. Your class learns about the fascinating lives of the people of the Charlotte Mecklenburg area during the colonial period of American History!

1890’s Davidson


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Program Detail

Program type: Day Trip
Subject: Science, Social Studies / History
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Kindergarten
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Throughout the year, weather permitting.

Available times:

10:00am – 12:00pm, other times available by request.

Space / technical requirements:

Historic Rural Hill is a 265 acre working farm and non-profit historic site surrounded by open landscape and rolling hills. Due to the integral role of the landscape to our programming, all educational programs are conducted on site. The seating capacity of our Rural Retreat cabin maxes out at around 40. Groups larger than 40 will be divided into groups for certain portions of the program, groups of 80 students or more may be asked to come on multiple days. All programs are primarily held out-of-doors and wheelchair access to certain historic structures may be limited.


Historic Rural Hill is located approximately 20 minutes north from uptown Charlotte at 4431 Neck Road in Huntersville, NC. 



Fees / Ticketing:

New for 2016, we are proud to announce that we will be implementing a sliding scale fee structure that is never more than $5 per student. CMS Schools may qualify for a 40% or even 60% reduction in per-student cost! Contact us for details. 


NC Standard Course of Study:

 When students participate in an educational program at Historic Rural Hill, material is presented in a clear, concise, and engaging manner. Through direct questioning and open conversation, efforts are made to involve the students in the conversation rather than just having them listen. By doing this the programs effectively connect to SL.1 and SL.2 in grades K-8th, and SL.3 in grades K-3rd.

NC Essential Standards:

 Historic Rural Hill was founded in 1765 by an eventual signer of the famed Mecklenburg County Declaration of Independence. This makes our site an excellent connector to Essential Standards, primarily but not limited to H.1 in grades K-6th and 8th and H.2 in grades 3-6th and 8th. Rural Hill’s educational programming covers the geography of the immediate area and beyond through the use of mapping activities and open discussion regarding the landscape and how it changed overtime, connecting to Essential Standard G.1 in grades 2-5th and 8th.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


 All of our educational programs are led by Zac Vinson, our Director of Education for over seven years. Vinson has cheerfully served thousands of students annually since joining Historic Rural Hill’s staff and is routinely praised for his ability to bond with and relate to student’s questions and perspectives.

Cancellation Policy

 All programs are held in locations that are primarily outside. Historic Rural Hill will cancel the field trip ONLY in instances of severe weather such as steady downpours, thunderstorms, ice and/or snow.

If a school decides that cancelling the field trip is the best course of action for their students and staff, we ask that you please let us know by calling 704 875 3113 as soon as the decision is made.