School Programs & Site Visits

The Morrill Homestead is a rich resource for teaching about history,  education, architecture, horticulture and historic family farming traditions. Schools can plan a visit to the Justin Morrill State Historic Site and take advantage of programs about the life and times of Justin Smith Morrill.

Self-guiding signs explain 19th-century Victorian-era Gardens of the Romantic Landscape Movement in America. Barns and an icehouse are part of the extensive interpretive exhibits. (Photo: Mary Louise Pierson)


Offered by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation

•  Site tours for classes (grades 3 and up) are available May 24-October 18,  10:00am-5:00pm

Take a trip back to the mid-1800s with a tour of Strafford’s famous pink house. Experience the original art, architecture, and history of the 17-room Gothic Revival mansion built for Senator Justin Morrill in 1851. Hear the story of how a self-educated son of Strafford rose to represent Vermont in the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C.

•  Senator Justin Morrill Exhibit (grades 1 and up)— A Self-Guided Tour (Carriage Barn exhibit area)

Explore the life and accomplishments of Vermont Senator Justin Smith Morrill. Exhibit explores how Morrill grew from his roots in Vermont to become one of the most accomplished legislators in American history. Photos, panels, and artifacts also explore life on Morrill’s small family farm during the 19th century.

Please contact the Division for Historic Preservation to schedule a site tour for your class:



Offered by Friends of the Morrill Homestead


Introducing Justin Smith Morrill

Senator Justin Smith Morrill

Who is Justin Smith Morrill, and what did he accomplish? During the past century and a half, it is estimated that some 400 million students have graduated from the Land Grant Colleges and Universities that were created by the act of Congress written by Congressman Justin Morrill and signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1862. How many of today’s young students will attend a Land Grant College? Morrill also wrote the act creating National Statuary Hall, engaged the work of the classical artist Constantino Brumidi, whose paintings adorn the dome of the U.S. Capitol, and hired the famed landscape design architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, to landscape the grounds of the Capitol. But don’t take our word for it!

  • Explore Strafford’s famous statesman and rural life in Vermont during the late 1800s by using the resources, activities, and games found in the complete educational enrichment kit: Senator Justin Morrill’s Trunk (available to schools at no charge).

Please contact the Friends of the Morrill Homestead to borrow Senator Justin Morrill’s Trunk:


These educational programs and Senator Justin Morrill’s Trunk are made possible by generous grants from these supporters: