Rockland County, home to a flourishing art and culture scene as well as authentically preserved historic sites, is an educational and entertaining destination for school groups. If you’re creating an itinerary for interactive learning, here are some suggestions based in the lower Hudson Valley.
A state historic site, this battlefield is the location of one of the last battles of the Revolutionary War in the northeastern colonies. With a lighthouse (the oldest in New York state) and museum on site, visitors can learn about the history of the battlefield and lighthouse through exhibits and interactive reenactments, demonstrations, and activities.
This interdisciplinary arts center in Garnerville has everything from dance classes and performances to traditional painting exhibitions. A former grist mill dating back to 1760, the Garner Arts Center is now home to 14 acres of indoor and outdoor art, and offers an “Encounters with the Arts” education program to open the world of art to students of all ages through hands-on exploration.
This museum and educational organization is dedicated to the collection, cataloguing, and exhibiting of historic materials from the surrounding area, from historic clothing to a preserved homestead built in 1832. Customized programs are offered to school groups with a variety of themes, including “Factories and Farming in the 1800s,” and “The Lenape of Rockland.’
Built in 1668, this restaurant is one of the oldest on the country. In an effort to maintain the qualities of a tavern where George Washington once dined, The ‘76 House has been painstakingly restored and renovated to be a historically accurate, but fully functioning restaurant with the capacity to host groups.