‪Burwell School Historic Site‬

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vlhinkenn
‪Kennesaw‬, جورجيا13 مساهمة
العائلة • يونيو 2018
‪The object of my stop at the Burwell School was to see the place that Elizabeth Keckley had worked as a slave for a few years before buying her freedom. Keckley went on to become Mary Todd Lincoln's personal dressmaker and friend while in the White House. Her story is part of the tour, but there is much more to the history of the school and the Burwells. Stories about the girls that were educated here are included, as well as a mini lesson on the origins of some of North Carolina's oldest colleges and universities. Wonderful tour!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 19 يونيو 2018
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D2958ZXgarym
King, United States848 مساهمة
زوجان • يوليو 2017
‪Burwell School operated as a school for young ladies from 1837-1857. During its years of operation, over 140 women were schooled in composition, history, geography, mathematics, and philosophy, as well as such “ornamental” subjects as music, drawing, painting, and needlework.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 20 فبراير 2018
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Jane H
‪Mebane‬, ‪North Carolina‬291 مساهمة
بمفردك • سبتمبر 2017
‪I had a graduate student, Lena, who gave an interesting tour of The Burwell School in Hillsborough, NC. This was an Antebellum Academy for Young Women. Margaret Anna Burwell, the mother of sixteen children, was married to a Presbyterian minister. To supplement the income, Margaret started the school in Hillsborough. There are only two items from the original family belongings, a side chair and a Tea Pot given to Mrs. Burwell by her students. All other antique furniture has been donated in keeping with the 19th Century era. One interesting part is about Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly. She was an enslaved teenager at The Burwell household. She became the First Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln's dressmaker and confidante. There are self-guided tours and docent-led tours.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 23 سبتمبر 2017
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katsusanna
‪Raleigh‬, ‪North Carolina‬606 مساهمات
زوجان • يونيو 2017
‪The Burwell School is one of the most interesting historic sites in Hillsborough. Unlike many historic sites in NC, the Burwell School is open on Sundays, and there is no charge to visit the house or take the tour, although, of course, donations are appreciated.
The Burwell School was a school for girls that operated in the years just prior to the Civil War. The history of the Burwell family, their slaves and servants, and the girls who attended the school are all very interesting. The house itself is lovely and filled with period furnishings. In addition to the main house, we were also able to visit the schoolhouse and garden. Unfortunately, the schoolhouse was not set up for historical interpretation when we were there, because they had had a special event there the previous day, and everything in the schoolhouse was still in some disarray from the event. However, we were still able to go into the building and imagine what it must have been like when young ladies were having lessons there in the 19th-century.
The one negative aspect of our visit was the tour guide. We arrived at the same time as another couple, which was great, because the tour guide could take all four of us at the same time, so no one had to wait for a tour. Unfortunately, the guide herself (who was perhaps a college intern?) left a lot to be desired. She gave us only a little bit of information in each room, was not able to answer basic questions about the Burwell family. (For example, I asked if she knew any of the Burwell children's names or if she knew how many were boys and how many were girls. She didn't know the answer to either question and made no attempt to find the information). The most irritating part of her tour was that she kept injecting presentism and value judgments into her narration. History should be taught factually and objectively. We just want to know the facts, not her personal opinions. For example, I found it rather off-putting that she stated, "Unfortunately, the standards of feminism back then weren't as enlightened as they are now", and then went on to describe how Mrs. Burwell taught her girls skills that would come in handy if they would ever find themselves widowed and in need of managing their households on their own (which sounded very sensible to me). The tour guide did not seem to want to linger to answer questions, and she did not actually take us into the schoolhouse or explain anything about it, but just directed us there, then hastily retreated back to her computer in a room on the second floor. I will give her the benefit of the doubt there and assume she was eager to get back to her historical research.
In spite of the guide's lack of knowledge and professionalism, we were able to learn a lot by reading the placards in the house and browsing the books that were for sale. And the other couple we met on the tour was delightful. We all shared a love of local history, and we ended up sitting with them on the lovely, shady front porch and conversing for another hour.
The Burwell House is a wonderful historic site, illuminating a little-known area of history, and a visit there is well worth a trip into Hillsborough. Hopefully next time we will have a better tour guide! I definitely understand that they are volunteers and the quality varies from one to another.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 16 سبتمبر 2017
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Betty E
‪Hillsborough‬, ‪North Carolina‬134 مساهمة
العائلة • فبراير 2017
‪If you have not visited the Burwell School and are in the area, it is worth the stop. One of the folks that work there will give you the history of this fantastic school and the Rev and Mrs Burwell. The history is rich is surprise, and more surprise and a way of life that you cannot imagine. They will tell you about Elizabet Keckley who later became the best friend of Mary Todd Lincoln. Love this place and love to hear the historians give their talk‬
كُتب بتاريخ 2 فبراير 2017
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Jane H
‪Mebane‬, ‪North Carolina‬291 مساهمة
الأصدقاء • يناير 2017
‪Our UMW Guest Speaker for April, 2017 will be Kate Faherty. She will speak to our members about this historic site in Hillsborough, NC. Please see below for the hours and tours. The Burwell School will reopen on February 1st. Hours: noon-4:00 pm Wednesday-Saturday. 1:00 pm
through 4:00 pm on Sundays.
TOURS: 1:00 pm Wednesday-
Friday. Jane H.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 18 يناير 2017
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banjoal
‪Hillsborough‬, ‪North Carolina‬347 مساهمة
العائلة • سبتمبر 2015
‪We did a walking field trip from my son's school to Burwell School and had a great time learning about the history of the site and conditions during it's operation. I highly recommend a visit if you're on a walking tour of Hillsborough.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 30 أبريل 2016
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Amanda W
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States3 مساهمات
العائلة • أكتوبر 2015
‪We have a troop of Brownies (aged 7- 9 year olds) and signed up for the Girl Scout Program including the clothing session and the cemetery scavenger hunt. Both were great! The docent was dressed in period clothing and gave us a wonderfully informative tour of the grounds. A few of the group tried on some of the type of undergarments they would have worn back then! Very fun! We walked down to the Hillsborough Cemetery and had a scavenger hunt on the grounds. We were accompanied by a loveable black cat hanging out on the gravestones. We packed a lunch and had a picnic on the front lawn. The staff at Burwell were very welcoming and obliged all questions that our girls and adults had. I highly recommend this a an educational trip for small groups and scouts! I'm going to look for a few books to learn more about the girls educated there and the time period.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 17 أكتوبر 2015
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jbla1951
‪Lawrenceburg‬, ‪Indiana‬1,833 مساهمة
بمفردك • أغسطس 2015
‪Expecting a 1 PM tour, I was told by a staff member that she was having lunch. I knew I was a few minutes early for the tour and stated that I would just wait. She then said that she could just unlock the school's door so I could give myself the tour...which I did. The museum (school) had very nice exhibits explaining the school's prominence in North Carolina. Walking thru the house, there was little explanation available...just rooms of period furnishings and some clothing. The young lady never checked on me again to see if I had any questions or offered any type of tour.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 20 أغسطس 2015
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persimmonkilgore
‪Broadway‬, ‪North Carolina‬39 مساهمة
الأصدقاء • يوليو 2015
‪This site has much to offer, though you must do it on your own. Very interesting information regarding Elizabeth Keckly and the Burwell family. ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 27 يوليو 2015
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