Historic Rosedale Plantation

Historic Rosedale Plantation

Historic Rosedale Plantation opened to the public in 1993 as a non-profit educational institution. Today Historic Rosedale Plantation offers tours and programs for adults and children. These programs are a major component of fulfilling Historic Rosedale’s mission to “preserve and promote the heritage of the 19th century Catawba River Valley region.”

Children’s programming is carried out under the supervision of Beth Harris, curator of education. Beth has a B. S. in Middle Grades Education with concentration in Language Arts and Social Studies from Appalachian State University. She had a fifteen year teaching career in middle school before joining Rosedale’s staff in 2007 and assuming the role of curator of education in July 2012. The programs are presented by trained volunteers with backgrounds in education and where appropriate, theater.




  3427 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28206



Life on the Plantation

Program description

“Life on the Plantation” is an interactive educational program appropriate for elementary school children.  Students are met by a costumed docent and given a brief orientation on the back lawn. They are then divided into three groups that rotate between three stations located in the 200 year old plantation house: medicine, school, and daily life, all taught by a living history interpreter portraying a member of the plantation household. Allow 1.5 hours for your field trip.



Booking / scheduling contact

Beth Harris, Historic Rosedale Plantation



Program detail
Artistic discipline:
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Program type: Day Trip
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Social Studies / History
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

By appointment, site is closed Mondays. 

Available times:

10-11:30 AM


Historic Rosedale Plantation 3427 N. Tryon St. Charlotte, NC 28206

Fees / Ticketing:

$6.00 per child; three adult chaperones required at no additional charge.


NC Standard Course of Study:


At three stations children interact with a trained docent portraying a member of the Caldwell household circa 1840. This provides an opportunity for students to participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners (SL.3.1, SL.4.1, and SL.5.1), including diversity of race and point of view. As children listen to Miss Frew’s lesson, for example, they will identify a pattern in her instruction that treats boys and girls differently. Miss Frew will then step out of character and discuss this, talking about different beliefs in different eras and how these impacted people. As students engage with three different and diverse members of the plantation household they will have an opportunity to participate in a range of conversations and explain their own ideas.  

NC Essential Standards:


Life on the Plantation directly connects to local, North Carolina, and U. S. history. The program specifically focuses on how citizens participate in their communities(3.C&G.2, 5.C.1), the impact various cultural groups have played in our community (4.C.1), and how human activity has shaped the U. S. (5.G.1). A secondary connection to healthful living and science occurs at the station for Dr. Caldwell’s medical practice. Students learn about wellness and disease prevention with an emphasis on cleanliness. (3.PCH.1 & 2)


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 tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

Historic Rosedale requires a non-refundable 50% deposit for all group programs to be confirmed on our calendar, due two weeks prior to field trip date.  We make every effort to reschedule programs rather than cancel should a school require a different date.The deposit will apply toward the final payment on the rescheduled date (No new deposit/extra fee is required.)