Help your students enjoy learning how life used to be lived in the Shenandoah Valley with a field trip to the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center.

We will begin taking reservations for the 2019-20 school year on August 15th.

Engage your students with hands-on learning experiences from the late-1800s on this field trip rich in Virginia history from the Shenandoah Valley. Students, teachers, and parents alike appreciate the informal, child-friendly atmosphere and hands-on learning experiences facilitated by costumed presenters.

At the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center, students step into the past with hands-on learning experiences:

  • churning cream into butter,

  • laundering clothes on a washboard,

  • carding wool for the spinner,

  • using woodworking tools,

  • practicing math on slates,

  • "studying" in a one-room school,

  • hand-cranking ice cream,

  • singing parlor tunes around a pump organ,

  • watching a blacksmith at work,

  • and more.

A field trip to the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center meets SOL requirements about how the agrarian life was lived long ago in the Shenandoah Valley.


The Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center’s convenient location (just outside Harrisonburg) and competitive rates (among the lowest in the region) save both time and money for parents and educators. Our costumed presenters are warm and friendly, and they are eager to work with groups of all ages from public, private, and home schools. Field trips run on Thursdays, April - May and September - November.

Rates - $7 per person

Fee Applies Only for Students and Parents;
No Fee for Teachers, Aides, or Bus Drivers

Field trips run on Thursdays, April-May and September-November.
Scheduling and reservations for the upcoming school year begin in August.

We look forward to entertaining and educating your students!

After you have confirmed a date for your field trip with our field trip coordinator, please come back to the website to fill out your registration form online, or download the form and mail it to:
P.O. BOX 1563