The Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm hosts many special events and educational opportunities, including a number of curriculum-based tour and hands-on educational programs for grades K – 12.

School Groups

Area school children are also regular visitors to the Farm and represent the largest visitation group. All ages of school children visit the Farm for tours and activities intended to educate about Georgia agricultural and natural history.

The farm has a fully stocked commissary, blacksmith shop, cotton gin, grist mill, wheat house, and many other historic farm buildings.

The Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm is an historic site, reminding us of farmers who depended on local production and lived in a self-sufficient way. A visit to the Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm offers students demonstrations of living, learning, and working over a 200 year history.

Suggestions for preparing students for observing, recording, and discussing their visit to the Shields-Ethridge Farm are organized by specific demonstration sites. The materials provided on this website can be downloaded or copied as needed by teachers. Each of the lesson plans meets applicable performance standards of the Georgia Department of Education for the third grade.

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Special Events

The annual “Mule Day” events are open to the general public. Visitors can see displays of traditional farm equipment and animals as well as demonstrations of period crafts by local artisans.

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