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Interpretive Tours

Interpretive Tours


Interpretive Tours of the Red Mill Museum Village’s authentic 19th century buildings and reproduction 18th century log cabin can offer students a new understanding of the workings of communities as they were and are today.  

This museum tour focuses on family and community life during the late 1800s. At the Tenant House and the Log Cabin discussion centers on work done in the home, including the importance of chores done by children. The Schoolhouse and General Store, places of learning and commerce, are shown to be centers

This tour begins with a discussion about places where people live and work. Students are asked to describe the characteristics that make a place a home or business site. A thinking game is played at each stop to enable students to learn about life and work while walking among the museum's many buildings and sites.


Places to Live/Places to Work
Ages: Preschool to Grade 2
Length: 1 ½ hours
Fee: $9 per student


This tour revolves around the processes of work, machines and natural energy. It starts with a detailed tour of the Mill and includes the harnessing of water power and human power. The tour also includes an explanation of the Mill's products: wool, feed grains, linseed oil, basket making, graphite and talc. It continues with a visit to the Mulligan Quarry.

Community Life - Then and Now
Ages: Grades 3-6
Length: 2 hours
Fee: $9 per student



Rural Industrial Life
Ages: Grades 4-8
Length: 2 hours
Fee: $9 per student



The relative comfort of the Quarry office can be contrasted with the reality of the dangerous work on the face of the cliff and the long shift work sweating by the heat for the lime kilns.


for community activities.  The Blacksmith's Shop and Carriage Shed are used as focal points for discussion about transportation. Visits to the Red Mill and the Quarry buildings afford opportunities to talk about modes of communication, community status, educational values and gender roles. Children's roles in the community are expressed throughout the tour.


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