School Programs

The staff at Poplar Grove is dedicated to helping students understand the uniqueness of life along the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor through several generations of a single family, including the highs and lows of southern culture and industry, and the operations and purposes of plantation life from enslavement to tenant farming.

Educational programs are designed to meet Competency Goals for the Common Core State & NC Essential Standards. Schools can choose from five programs that bring history to life for students of all ages.  Please review our different programs by following the links on the right of this page.

For the safety of the faculty, staff, parents and students, school-sponsored activities are required to register by emailing Caroline Lewis at Programming for school tours are on Mondays and Tuesdays during the spring and fall.


Orientation begins in the Gift Shop at the lower level of the Manor House.  Follow the brick walkway to the back of the Manor House. This overview will start the visit with a map and schedule of your class activities.
Manor House
Built by Joseph Mumford Foy, circa 1850, after the original manor house was destroyed by fire in 1849. The Manor House brings to life the history of the Foy family through period furnishings and the architectural, carpentry, masonry and artisan skills of the enslaved.
Smoke House
Circa 1850. Used for smoking meat, a form of food preservation during a time when there was no refrigeration.
Kitchen & Herb Cellar
Circa 1850. The cooking was done in a separate building, away from the Manor House, due to the threat of fire. The original kitchen had three working fireplaces. The designated kitchen on the grounds was most likely a wood cellar; however, the herb cellar, an underground level of the designated kitchen, was used to dry and store herbs used in cooking.
Tenant House
Circa 1900. Tenant farming became an economic necessity after the Civil War and the emancipation of formerly enslaved.  At Poplar Grove, 2/3 of the formerly enslaved remained on site, and a few family descendants remained on site as tenant farmers and domestic servants through WWI and WWII. Until the 1960s, this two-room tenant house was last occupied by Nimrod Nixon, descended through several generations of tenant farmers and formerly enslaved. 
Gardens (in season)
Display gardens on site include herbs, vegetables and flowers, dye plants, peanuts, tobacco and cotton at various times of the year.
Peanut & Agricultural Exhibit Building
Housing a collection of antique farming tools, equipment used around the early 1900’s for peanut production and harvesting, plus exhibits on peanut production.
Basket Making Studio
A large variety of baskets, materials and techniques are used here to interpret the skill and history of basket-making.
Blacksmith Shop
The blacksmith shop produces nails, hardware and tools. Repairs to farm equipment, wagons and the shoeing horses were also done here.
Weaving Studio
The weaving studio depicts traditional skills necessary to make yarn and fabric for clothing, linens, rugs and other textiles.
Farm Animals
girls hensVisit with our varying menagerie of goats, sheep, ponies, geese, chickens and more.
Wagon Ride
A ride on the wagon through the Abbey Nature Preserve and through areas of the original estate.
Gift Shop
Lots of interesting and unique memorabilia and natural products from our Farmers’ Market to take home as a reminder of your visit.
Picnic & Playground Area
Available on a first-come, first-serve basis. School groups are welcome to use the picnic tables for lunch and the playground for break-time. Restrooms on sit as well as bus parking.