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810 South Fourth Street
Waco, TX 76706

(254) 753-5166

A foundation that preserves and showcases four historic house museums and hosts multiple educational opportunities throughout the year.

Field Trips

The goal of field trips at Historic Waco Foundation is to offer A customized hands-on learning experience for Every student and teacher. Students will not only learn about Waco's influential families, but also explore topics allowing them to connect elements of today's life with life in the 19th century. 

Each field trip includes a guided tour of one of our historic houses, a presentation based on a theme of your choosing, and a hands on activity related to your theme.

Price: $5.00 per student/ per house

Available Field Trip Themes

Back in Time

Purpose of this program is to teach students the different components of daily life during the 19th century for children such as popular toys and games, household chores, clothing, etc.


  • Students will be able to make connections to popular toys of the past and popular games of today

  • Students will be able to learn how to play some of the toys and games of the 1800's

  • Students will be able to distinguish between today's daily life and daily life in the 1800's

  • Students will learn how people conducted household chores in the 1800's

  • Students will learn what school and leisure was like for children in the 1800’s.


The Suspension Bridge

Purpose of this program is to introduce students to the historic Waco Suspension Bridge and explain the importance it played in Waco’s early development. migration and transportation during the 1800's in the United States


  • Students will start their field trip at the Waco Suspension Bridge, then travel to one of our historic homes to finish their presentation.

  • Students will learn the history of the Suspension Bridge and why it was constructed.

  • Students will learn about the science behind the bridge; discussing the construction, building techniques, and soil that the bridge was constructed on.

  • Students will learn about the important role the bridge had in Waco’s development including it’s connection to the Chisholm Trail.

Agriculture & Kitchen Gardens

Purpose of this program is to teach students the importance of local agriculture and how kitchen gardens helped with the advances of medicine, health, and food in the 1800's


  • Students will learn what agriculture was grown in the area.

  • Students will learn the uses for the different crops and plants.

  • Students will learn about the types of plants anyhow each part of the plant was used

  •  Students will learn how herbs were used for illness and medicines during the 19th century.

Christmas Traditions
Available in November and December

The purpose of this program is to learn how and why the Victorian Era influenced modern Christmas traditions


  • Students will learn the Victorian origins of the Christmas tree, Christmas cards, caroling, and Santa Claus

  • Students will be able to identify and sing Victorian Christmas carols

  • Students will learn how social change in the Victorian Era influenced gift giving