Phelps-Hatheway Education Programs

Phelps-Hatheway House Colonial Adventure Camp- Suffield, CT

Check back in January for our 2020 dates!

Welcome to the 18th century!  Journey back in time with us to Colonial Suffield.  Don a period costume & participate in activities that may have taken place each & every day at the Phelps-Hatheway House.  Start in the garden harvesting herbs & flowers for tea & fragrant sachets.  Learn about trade & Westward expansion while signing important documents & maps with a quill pen.  Dye wool & cloth for knitting & sewing & try your hand at spinning & weaving.  Take a walk on historic Main Street to the King House Museum & Old Burying Ground, play historic games, read original diaries & enjoy a daily tea ceremony.  A special surprise will await all on the final day:  music & dancing will fill the air! Registration required at

Education Programs

Walking Tour

I Spy Suffield’s Main Street Walking Tour

Children learn about the history of Main Street and its buildings as they enjoy an interactive guided tour of Suffield’s town center. Students search for architectural features along the way to complete an I Spy worksheet. The tour highlights three centuries of private, public, and civic architecture and public monuments.

Time: 60-75 minutes

Grade Level: 3-6

Hands-on History Activities

What about Wallpaper?

How was wallpaper made in the 18th century? Children examine the Phelps-Hatheway’s two hundred year old French wallpaper and create their own wallpaper with stamps and paint. Children should bring paint smocks or old clothing for this activity.

Weathervane Activity

What’s the wind doing? After viewing the collection of historic weathervanes located in the Hatheway barn, participants make their own weathervane to color and assemble.

Create a Streetscape

Students paint their own version of Suffield’s Main Street. Participants choose an image of one of the historic buildings to recreate. Offered in conjunction with the walking tours.

Activity lengths: 45-60 minutes

Grade Level: 3-6