School Programs

Taking Tea (Spring)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of school this spring, the Taking Tea field trips for 2020 have been canceled.

For interested teachers we have some resources below that were designed in conjunction with attendance at the program. Further information about Rose Hill and the families that have lived and worked there, can be found in our blog postings. Follow these links to posts tagged for Rose Hill, the Swan family and Robert Swan. Feel free to contact Anne Dealy, Director of Education and Public Information, at if you are looking for other resources for teaching Taking Tea this spring.

Taking Tea is a program which engages fourth grade students in an active and visual comparison of two different times: 1850 and 1890. Participating students imagine they are traveling to the past where they visit two historic houses and meet costumed interpreters portraying the former residents. Through hands-on experiences at Rose Hill Mansion and the Seneca Falls Historical Society Museum, students explore changes in cooking technology, women’s work, and the custom of “taking tea.” Supplementary materials are below:

Pre-registration and an in classroom previsit session are required.

The maximum number of students per session is 25.

Registration begins in January. For more information or to add your name to the distribution email list, please call the Geneva Historical Society at 315-789-5151.

Grade Level


NYS Standards Covered

  • Social Studies Standard 1