Field Trips

Help your students enjoy learning how life used to be lived in the Shenandoah Valley with a field trip to the CrossRoads campus of the Valley Brethren Mennonite Heritage Center. Engage your students with hands-on learning experiences from the late-1800s on this field trip rich in Virginia history from the Shenandoah Valley. Students, teachers, and parents alike appreciate the informal, child-friendly atmosphere and hands-on learning experiences facilitated by costumed presenters.

At CrossRoads students step into the past with hands-on learning experiences: churning cream into butter, laundering clothes on a washboard, carding wool for the spinner, using woodworking tools, practicing math on slates, "studying" in a one-room school, hand-cranking ice cream, sawing logs with a crosscut-saw, singing parlor tunes around a pump organ, watching a blacksmith at work, and more.

A field trip to the CrossRoads campus meets SOL requirements about how the agrarian life was lived long ago in the Shenandoah Valley.


The CrossRoads campus’ convenient location (just outside Harrisonburg) and competitive rates (among the lowest in the region) save both time and money for parents and educators. Our costumed presenters are warm and friendly, and they are eager to work with groups of all ages from public, private, and home schools.

Rates - $7 per person

Fee Applies Only for Students and Parents;
No Fee for Teachers, Aides, or Bus Drivers

Field trips run April-May and September-November; scheduling and reservations for the upcoming school year begin in August.

Fill out the form today for more information and to schedule a field trip.

We look forward to entertaining and educating your students!

Field Trip Information and Scheduling Request

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After you have confirmed a date for your field trip with our field trip coordinator, please come back to the website to fill out your registration form.

Home Educators Resource Directory: additional ideas to aid parents and students in the learning process. Home-school families find the CrossRoads campus of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center a delightful place for field trips, and their children experience how life used to be lived in the Shenandoah Valley, especially by the Brethren and the Mennonites.

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