School Programs

The staff at Poplar Grove is dedicated to helping students understand and appreciate what life was like on a working plantation and how the lives of the Foy family through several generations demonstrated the highs and lows of southern culture and industry.

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.


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 a guided interpretation.
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 former slaves.  At Poplar Grove, several former slaves and slave descendants remained as tenant farmers until after WWII. Until the 1960s, this two-room house was last occupied by Nimrod Nixon, a Foy slave descendant. 
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 and forestry products, this building focuses on the plantation’s agricultural heritage.
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.

For the safety of the faculty, staff, parents and students, school-sponsored activities are required to register their group by contacting Felicia Greene at or 910-686-9518 x103.