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Electronic Field Trips

Electronic Field Trip to the Mountain Homeplace

Mountain life in the 1850s
Grade Levels:
30 minutes
Taping Rights:
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Web Site:
KET Online
Teaching Materials:
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Program Schedule and Streaming Links:
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Take a trip through time to the nineteenth century in Eastern Kentucky. The Mountain Homeplace is an interpretive working farm in Paintsville, Kentucky. Local author, John David Preston, provides historical perspective on the development of the region. Re-enactors demonstrate what rural life was like from 1850-1875. Produced 1999.

On this trip, students:
  • learn how wilderness can be turned into a mountain homestead;
  • visit a one-room school house;
  • meet the preacher and learn about customs of the rural church;
  • find out how the blacksmith bends iron and makes a cooking fork;
  • follow children as they dance folk dances and play dulcimers; and
  • observe plowing, cooking, spinning, and carving the 1850s way.

Program of Studies
Social Studies: Cultures and Society, Geography, Historical Perspective

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2012/13 KETKY Program Schedule

At the Mountain Homeplace, an interpretive working farm in Paintsville, reenactors show what life was like for settlers in the mid-19th century. This 1999 KET production, designed for upper elementary, middle, and high school students, explores what daily life was like in the era and how people crafted many necessities by hand. Topics include school and church customs, the work of blacksmiths and other artisans, folk dances and traditional music, and daily at-home chores.

These videos are also available on Discovery Education.

The schedule listed here includes only airings on the KETKY channel. See the complete Electronic Field Trip to the Mountain Homeplace broadcast schedule for airings on all KET channels.

Kentucky Academic Expectations

This program relates to the following Kentucky Academic Expectations.

Kentucky schools may tape and retain programs according to the rights listed above. For further information, contact the KET Education Division.

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