“Doak House Museum Travel Trunk”

The Doak House Museum Travel Trunk is designed to be rented for a week-long stay in a classroom or brought to a school by a Doak House educator. When teachers rent the trunk, Doak House educators will provide comprehensive information to help teachers make the most of the program. During the week-long rental period, the trunk may be used in as many classrooms as the school staff wishes. The trunk is filled with a variety of hands-on materials, hand-outs and creative lessons that highlight the historic interpretation at the Doak House Museum.

Using materials inside the trunk, students will have the opportunity to learn how to make walnut and/or berry ink, write with a quill pen, play with 19th century toys and how to make bricks. The trunk will also help students learn about 19th century education grounded in civic virtue, discover how education differed for boys and girls in the 19th century and appreciate the Doak family’s contributions to the local area.

The first five teachers who book the trunk will receive a 10 percent discount. For more information, please contact Dollie at the Doak House Museum at 1-800-729-0256 ext. 5251 or (423)636-8554 or via email at

“Family Ties: Life with Sarah and Sam Doak”

Students will be encouraged to think about hospitality and how the Doaks were obliged to treat visitors, boarders and travelers as they explore the central hall, dining room and bedrooms of the home. Students will learn about food production in the 1800s and the time and effort that women put into providing meals for a large household. Students will have the opportunity to use all five senses in hands-on activities in the kitchen from grinding herbs to making butter from cream. They will learn about the chores the children were expected to do in the garden and how the family used the spring house. As life was not all work and no play for the Doak children, students will also enjoy some 19th century games. Children learn how even a well-off family like the Doaks wasted nothing and learn how cloth, tools, furniture and other household goods were made, repaired, reused and re-made. Students will have the opportunity to make their own unique quilt pattern greeting card to take home as a memento of their visit.

For more information, please contact Dollie at the Doak House Museum at 1-800-729-0256 ext. 5251 or (423)636-8554 or via email at

“Quill Mark & Ink Spot”

The daily school life of children is examined during this program. Students visit the home of Rev. Doak and his academy. During the visit they learn about bartering for an education during the 19th century. Rev. Doak’s school had students “of good moral character” and this 19th century educational requirement is compared to today’s Character Counts program that is mandated by the State of Tennessee. Write with a quill pen and make a 19th century copybook.

“Toys and Games of the 19th Century”

Watch the smiles appear on the faces of your students as they participate in the games of the 19th century. Go on a marble hunt, play a challenging game of marbles, and create your own notepaper by using marble to paint. Marbles was one of the toys the Doak children would make and play. Other toys the students will explore are: Jacob’s ladder, hooey stick, dolls, pick up sticks, blocks, nine pins, tops, and moon winders.

“Dig at the Doak’s”

Participate in an archeological dig and examine artifacts. Tour the home of Rev. Doak and discover secrets as you explore the 19th century home.

“Down the Garden Path”

Explore the 19th century farm of Rev. Doak that includes the main house, spring house, and academy. Discover plants, make a scarecrow, play bean bag games as you learn new rhymes. Hear the story of Johnny Appleseed and find out the importance of farming and gardening in the 19th century.

“Storytelling and Gingerbread”

“Storytelling and Gingerbread” is designed for children pre-school age through third grade and features four different learning stations. The learning stations allow participants to explore the Doak House and academy building while learning about the Christmas traditions of the 19th century. This year’s program features a new adventure for Molly Mouse and a different version of the beloved Gingerbread Man story. This program is only offered during November and December.