Tours

General Hours
Tuesday through Saturday

9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
*Please note that the house is accessible only by guided tour. We strongly encourage visitors to call ahead to ensure tour availability or visit during our Open House hours.

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Saturday’s (April-October)
10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
*Tours of both the house and barn are available during our open house hours.

Private Events and Tours
Cherry Hill is closed to the public during private events. Please check our calendar or contact us before arriving.

Private and Group Tours can be scheduled for other times by calling the number above. Please call Corey Jannicelli at 703.248.5171 or email cjannicelli@fallschurchva.gov for more information.

Education Programs

Cherry Hill offers a variety of exciting educational programs for children, including school groups, home schooled children and scouts. Children can experience 19th century life as they tour the fully furnished 1845 farmhouse and get a hands-on experience in the barn as they examine 19th century machines and farming implements. Advance reservations are required. One adult chaperone per 10 students admitted free. Please call 703.248.5171 or email cjannicelli@fallschurchva.gov for more information.

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Advance reservations are required for all school groups. Our tours highlight family life on a farm in mid-19th century Virginia. We have two interdisciplinary school programs that support Virginia’ Standard of Learning (SOLs).

Now Verse Then Program for Kindergartners

Students love this trip back in time. A tour of both the farmhouse and barn allow students to identify differences between life in 1860 and today. Hands on activities include identifying old kitchen tools and the chance to grind an ear of corn in our historic barn. SOLs: History K.1, K.2

Simple Machines Program For Third Graders
This tour offers many hands-on opportunities for self-discovery. Children will tour the farmhouse and barn to learn how both simple and compound machines made life easier for the 19th century farmer. They will have a hands-on experience as they tour the farmhouse and examine and identify simple machines a housewife would have used in her kitchen. Students will then tour the barn and identify simple and compound machines the farmer would have used in his barn. They will have an opportunity to operate a simple pulley and shell and grind corn using old machines.
SOLs: Science:3.1, 3.2;History 3.7;English 3.1
The cost is $2.00 per child. One adult chaperone per 10 students admitted free.

Civil War Homefront Program for Grade 4
Students will use primary sources and examine Civil War artifacts to learn how the Civil War affected civilians in Northern Virginia. They will then tour the Farmhouse and Barn to learn how the Blaisdell family survived the Civil War at Cherry Hill.
SOLs: History and Social Sciences VS. 1, VS.7; Science 4.8; English 4.1, 4.2
The cost is $2.00 per child. One adult chaperone per 10 students admitted free.

HOME SCHOOL TOURS
The Cherry Hill Farmhouse does special programs for educational groups including home-schooled students. Advance reservations are required. If you would like to know more about our offerings, please contact us by email cjannicelli@fallschurchva.gov or call 703.248.5171 for more information.
The tours focus on family life in mid-19th century rural Virginia and can be tailored to meet specific educational interests. For example we can highlight the Civil War years at Cherry Hill or we can discuss simple machines used by farmers.
The cost is $5.00 Resident/$10 Non-Resident per child. One adult chaperone per 10 students admitted free.

SCOUT PROGRAMS
Brownies seated in parlorThe Cherry Hill Farmhouse offers special programs for Girl Scout Troops on request. Advance reservations are required, price varies.  Please contact the cjannicelli@fallschurchva.gov if you have questions about our Girl Scout programs.

All Girl Scout programs require a $30 refundable deposit. Register for a Girl Scout program by completing an online form.

Girl Scout Victorian Tea and Manners  (All Levels) 
(Non-scouts see tea page)
Scouts will learn about a girl’s life in mid-19th century Virginia, including proper tea etiquette. They will then enjoy our sweet tea consisting of sweets, fruit and tea or lemonade and in our lovely dining room. A tour of the farmhouse is included.
Fee: $15.00 per person
(12 person minimum)

Girl Scout Badges  (All Levels)

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Respect Myself and Others – Daisy Manners and chores were as important in the Victorian Era as they are today. Scouts will learn proper table manners and compare how today’s chores for children differ from the past. Daisy troops can also fulfill this petal’s requirements through our sweet tea.
Fee: $5.00 per girl (actual petal not included)

social butterflySocial Butterfly – Junior 
Scouts will learn about a girl’s life in mid-19th century Virginia, including proper table manners, conversation tips being a gracious guest and how to prepare for a special occasion. This 2 hour program fulfills all badge requirements.
                              Fee: $10.00 per girl (actual badge not included)

Making Games – Brownies Making Games
Scouts will tour the farmhouse, complete a scavenger hunt, and learn a variety of parlor games. Girls will create their own parlor games and invent a sport using Victorian era toys. This 2 hour program fulfills all badge requirements.
                              Fee: $10.00 per girl (actual badge not included)

                               Playing the Past– Juniors
playing the past badgeScouts will learn about a girl’s life in the 1800s s they tour the farmhouse and listen to the oral histories of past occupants. Girls will have the chance to get into character trying on period clothes, writing with quill pens, making butter and playing parlor games. This 2 hour     program fulfills all badge requirements.
                               Fee: $10.00 per girl (actual badge not included)

Girl Scout Volunteer Opportunities
Cherry Hill Farmhouse is  operated by the City of Falls Church’s Recreation and Parks Department. Volunteering at Cherry Hill will fulfill requirements for Local Government volunteer hours. Girl Scouts may choose to train as tour guides and opportunities for special events may occur periodically during the year. Email Corey Jannicelli at cjannicelli@fallschurchva.gov for more information.

SUMMER HISTORY CAMPS

Blast Into the Past Camp
Monday July 9- Friday July 13 ( 8-12 years) Activity # 381801-D
Monday July 23 – Friday July 27 ( 12-15 years) Activity # 381801-F
Monday August 6- Friday August 10 ( 8-12 years) Activity # 381801-H
Monday August 27 -Friday August 31 ( 8-12 years) Activity # 381801-K

During the summer months Cherry Hill Farm offers four week long camps where children can step back in time and experience first hand what a girl’s life was like in 19th century Virginia. Children will dress in period clothing, do crafts, play old-fashioned games, become amateur archaeologists and learn about life during the Civil War. The camp runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Visit www.fallschurchva.gov/recreation or 703-248-5027 for more information.