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



A Horse Called Quack

Program description

 In this engaging one-man show children are invited into Nat Caldwell’s blacksmith shop to hear his stories about Quack, a special horse on the Caldwell Plantation that took the journey with him from slavery to freedom. 

Booking / scheduling contact

Beth Harris



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

 Nov 2014- March 2015 by appointment 

Available times:

 By appointment 

Length of program: 30 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

 auditorium space, room for a small set, sound system if to be presented to a large audience


 At your school 

Fees / Ticketing:

 $500 flat fee. 


NC Standard Course of Study:

 Common Core Standards Speaking and Listening, elementary school:

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.

Summarize the points a speaker makes and explain how each claim is supported by reasons and evidence.

Through Nat’s presentation and follow up with teacher materials, students will hear key details about Nat’s life and be able to ask questions. Older elementary students can compare Nat’s presentation to reasons and evidence from primary sources related to Charlotte’s Rosedale Plantation. 

NC Essential Standards:

Social Studies Graades 3-5 Essential Standards

1. Compare languages, foods and traditions of various groups living in local and regional communities.

2. Analyze the impact of contributions made by diverse historical figures in local communities and regions over time.

3. Explain change over time through historical narratives. (events, people and places)

Nat’s presentation explores his African roots, language, and traditions while demonstrating his contributions to NC. His story echos historical narratives of former slaves in the state and also exposes students to one of the primary arguments of the abolitionist movement: enslaved Africans were fully equal human beings and thus morally could not be held as property. 


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

 30 days notice. Bad weather resulting in school delay/closure will be handled by attempting to reschedule.