Social Studies

Blacksmith 
Middle School and High School
A blacksmith in the 1880's was a very busy person. The "smithy" made everything from wagon wheels, guns and horseshoes to tools such as saws, axes, shovels and his most popular item, nails. Using techniques such as drawing, bending, upsetting and punching, the blacksmith creates functional and decorative pieces. Today students can watch regular casting, forging and foundry demonstrations while asking questions about the unique and once crucial trade. (more...) 

Wilderness Church 
Middle School and High School
This authentic country church is a vintage log chapel originally built in 1849 on Bear Creek near Branson, MO. The structure was dismantled log by log, lovingly rebuilt in its current location at Silver Dollar City, and dedicated on July 10, 1960. Students will get the opportunity to see how religion played a role in pioneer life and how different our church buildings look today. (more...) 

General Store 

Middle School and High School
As in any 19th century town, the General Store was the hub of Main Street. Some purchases were completed by using currency while many other transactions were finalized by trading goods. At Silver Dollar City, stop by and mail a letter at the authentic, working Post Office. The General Store's 1880's environment features necessities for the young frontiersman as well as a variety of related gift items. (more...) 

McHaffie-Casey Homestead Cabin 
Middle School and High School
Ever wonder what pioneer life would have been like over 100 years ago? Well head to McHaffie’s Homestead and take a walking tour into living history! You’ll explore the materials and supplies needed for the early Ozark settlers to survive as well as common animals used to carry out daily chores. (more...) 

Oak Trail School 
Middle School and High School
In the 19th century all classes were held in one room, and most children only went to school until 2nd or 3rd grade before they began working to provide food and clothing for their family. Oak Trail School is a real school house from the 1880s and invites everyone to pick a desk, sit down and learn about education over a century ago. (more...) 

Sullivan's Mill 
Middle School and High School
Oftentimes a mill was a sign of economic growth and it was usually one of the first structures to be built in a new location before the school, church and general store followed. It offered an important service to townsfolk and its cornmeal and grits became a crucial part of everyday diet. (more...) 

Wicks & Wax 
Middle School
Step into a past filled with sights and smells and see how early settlers once used candles as a form of electricity. Now considered an "art," candle making used to be a valuable skill and absolute necessity to provide families with light and a number of other household duties. (more...) 

Life at the Homestead 
Middle School
Ever wonder what life on a farm would have been like over 100 years ago? Head to McHaffie's Homestead and take a walking tour into living history! You'll explore the materials and supplies needed for the early Ozark settlers to survive as well as common animals used to carry out daily chores. (more...) 

Lye Soap Doesn't Lie 

Middle School
Lye soap was essential in everyday life in the 1800s. Whether it was taking a bath, catching fish, or trying to take the itch out of poison ivy, this soap had the remedy. In this activity, students will visit Granny's Homemade Lye Soap and learn how the soap was made, what it was used for, and other fun facts along the way. So go visit Granny and see why Lye Soap doesn't lie! (more...) 

Oak Trail Schoolhouse 
Middle School
Ever wonder what life on a farm would have been like over 100 years ago? Don't miss the Oak Trail Schoolhouse where you can take a step back in time and experience the simple life in a one-room schoolhouse. (more...) 

For more information, see Rides & Attractions and Demonstrating Craftsmen, or view the Homestead Study Guide.