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Virtual Field Trips in Virginia: History and Social Studies

June 24, 2020 No Comments

There’s no tired like a teacher who’s been on a field trip tired! You’ll be happy to know that there are lots of great virtual field trips you can take your students on without the cost and travel of going in person. If you teach in Virginia, you likely already know how many amazing field trip destinations we have right here in our state. And many of them offer great virtual learning opportunities as well! Check out this list to get started!

Jamestown

Learn about Virginia’s first permanent settlement via an interactive map of historic Jamestown. Explore recovered artifacts, check out an interactive timeline, and see what’s been discovered. This is a great resource not only to explore Virginia’s history but also to learn about archaeology!

Colonial Williamsburg

If you can’t visit this living-history museum in person, check out virtual tours of the Governor’s Palace and art museum (including a scavenger hunt of the exhibitions). You’ll also find lots of videos and other educational resources about Colonial Williamsburg here. A must-see if you teach colonial history.

Mount Vernon

Take the Mount Vernon interactive tour to explore George Washington’s historic plantation home located on the Potomac River. You can visit the mansion, outbuildings, gardens, distillery, gristmill, and library. This is a helpful resource to learn about George Washington’s life as well as life in the Virginia colony.

Monticello

You can explore the inside of Thomas Jefferson’s plantation home near Charlottesville with a Monticello virtual tour.

Yorktown

Students can explore a 360 degree view of the location of the Battle of Yorktown, including clickable points of information and photos.

Frontier Culture Museum

The Frontier Culture Museum has a number of video tours available to learn about rural life and culture for English, Irish, German, and West Africans who lived in colonial Virginia.

Fredericksburg

Check out a 360 degree virtual tour of the land where the Battle of Fredericksburg took place.

Appomattox Court House

NPS has made some photos available of the Appomattox Court House historic village. Definitely worth exploring if you teach lessons on the Civil War.

Schoolhouse Museum

Listen to an audio tour and view artifacts from The Schoolhouse Museum, an early 20th century one-room schoolhouse for Black students in Isle of Wight County.

Virginia Civil Rights Memorial

The Virginia Civil Rights Memorial in Richmond is a beautiful and powerful sculpture featuring Barbara Johns front and center.

Moton Museum

The Moton Museum website has a short video about the Moton High School student strike led by Barbara Johns. You can see some of the museum exhibits in the video.

Virginia State Capitol

The Virginia State Capitol offers tours of the inside of the Capitol building and its grounds. Take a quick digital field trip here to learn more about how Virginia state government operates.

Virginia Museum of History and Culture

As of June 2020, the VMHC offers virtual tours of three of its exhibits: The Story of Virginia, Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality, and Agents of Change: Female Activism from Women’s Suffrage to Today.

Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

Browse through digital resources from NPS, including a virtual tour, online exhibits, and a walking tour podcast about African-American bank president Maggie L. Walker.

Virginia Beach History Museums

VBHM maintains several buildings, two of which you can “visit” via virtual tours. Check out these two historic brick homes: the Francis Land House and the Thoroughgood House.

There are so many more historic sites, monuments, and museums in Virginia. I hope that more continue to add digital resources that we can access from the classroom or even at home! And keep in mind, you can also create your own virtual field trip in Google Earth! Let me know what other ideas you have for virtual history field trips in Virginia!

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I'm Alyssa! I've taught first and fourth grade and am now an elementary school librarian in Virginia. I have a teacher husband, three kids (6, 5, and 2), and a new pup! I love creating resources, Coca-Cola, and chocolate!

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