Take a trip back to Colonial times and visit

Sands Ring Homestead Museum

Learning & Activity Programs One of our docents leading a tour

We invite you and your students to travel back with us to colonial times. We offer house tours and hands-on workshops led by costumed teachers.

For over 30 years students have participated in the living history programs at Sands Ring Homestead Museum. Give your students this unique experience.

Our living history programs run from April to November. 

Text Box: Here history comes to life and each learner gains a greater appreciation for the past.


Sands Ring Homestead Museum is one of the oldest Dutch colonial frame houses in the Hudson Valley. Here Nathanial Sands built a home for his family in 1760. The house has stood strong through the changes in our history.

We offer a 2 hour combination House Tour and Workshop Program for students. To fully appreciate the hands-on experience students need to understand its historical context.

House Tours

historic furnitrueOur Homestead is furnished primarily with pieces from the 1800ís though our historical emphasis is on colonial life. During the house tour, our teachers relate antidotal stories of the Sands Ring Families so as to put a face on history. Students are encouraged to ask questions, to touch, and to examine various artifacts. As students become immersed in colonial history, they are encouraged to compare life in the 1700ís with their life today.

For groups who are visiting us a second time, we offer a tour of David Sandís General Store. Stories of the role the family and the store played in the Revolutionary War and an examination of the artifacts housed here make up this part of the program.

Colonial Workshops

We currently offer these one hour hands-on workshops.

weaving on a loomSpinning and Weaving
Learn how colonists used natural fibers to make their clothing. Explore the process of turning fleece into fiber by carding, spinning, and weaving.
Grades 3-6

fireplaceOpen Hearth Cooking
Learn how food was prepared in the colonial kitchen. Churn butter, make bread, and learn about the uses of herbs.
Grades 1-6

Cornhusk Doll Making
Learn how natural materials, like cornhusks, were used to make useful items. Each child makes his own cornhusk doll.
Grades 3-6

textiles including wool and yarnEducational Program Package

Includes a one hour colonial house tour and a one hour hands-on workshop. The cost for each student is $15.00.
The maximum number of students we can accommodate is 28. If there are less than 15 students in your group, the minimum cost is $225.

We offer a choice of two time slots:
Morning 10:00 a.m.—12 p.m.
Afternoon 12:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m.

First time visitors, tour the house. Second time visitors, tour the General Store. Due to space considerations, each student group can only participate in one workshop.

We offer free admission for two chaperones (teacher, aid, or parent). Additional chaperones are charged $10 each and prior approval is required as space is limited.

To reserve a date and time for your tour and workshop, or for more information call 845-534-4829 or email us at Friends@SandsRing.org
Once your reservation has been confirmed, a non-refundable deposit of $50 per class/group is required. The remainder is due the day of the workshop in the form of cash or one check. A separate registration form will be sent to you outlining the details of your registration.
If cancel
lations are made at least 3 weeks before the trip, the deposit will be refunded less a $50 processing fee. If a group cancels with 3 days or does not show up, they will be billed the full cost of the visit.
For Your Comfort
Dress in layers. Our historical home has limited heating and no air conditioning.
We do not have lunch facilities, but  there is a lovely public park across the street for picnics. Enjoying lunch at Ring’s Pond provides a wonderful way to either end or begin your visit.

Sands Ring Homestead

Sands Ring Homestead Museum
180 Main Street
P.O. Box 226
Cornwall, NY 12518


Phone: 845-534-4829

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