Ashland Museum and Hanover Arts and Activities Center present Camp Ashland 2016, a history camp for all rising 2nd – 5th grader history buffs. Curious kid campers will explore how people lived in the 19th and early 20th Century in Ashland.

What did children wear and what foods did they enjoy in the 1800s and early 1900s? What did they do for entertainment without TVs, Movies, and X-Box? How did they communicate without cell phones and tablets? How could you tell if a hobo had visited your neighborhood?

Led by a National Parks Service Ranger, a team from Ashland Museum and The Center will take campers back in time to experience life in the 1800s and early 1900s. Campers will learn to play the games kids played 100 years ago. They will help wash and dry laundry the way kids would have in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Campers will learn how to text each other 19th century-style using Morse Code and a real telegraph! They will also learn how to send and decode secret messages with the Cipher Disk that 19th century spies used. There will be “cannon ball physics,” crafts, tours of historic buildings in Ashland, and a visit to Cross Brothers’ Market, where they sign a charge slip for their snacks as they would have done in 1912.

See photos from Camp Ashland 2015

Camp Ashland 2016 will be held August 1-5 from 9 am to 12 pm at The Center (Hanover Arts & Activities Center), 500 South Center Street, Ashland, VA.

Cost is $90 for children and grandchildren of Ashland Museum members and $100 for non-members. Register here and pay with PayPal. Or, print and fill out the Registration Form and mail it with your check to Ashland Museum, P.O. Box 633, Ashland, VA 23005. Please mark the title of the program on check. Questions? use our Contact page or call 804-368-7314.