Tapping Reeve House & Law School

The oldest law school in the country, the Tapping Reeve House and Law School, takes visitors on a journey through the life of a real student from the early 19th century, through role-playing, hands-on areas, and interpretive exhibits. Activities and tours give groups unique opportunities to exercise writing and critical thinking skills while dressing up in the uniform of (and completing assignments of) students from the past. Groups can also act out court cases to decide the famous decision of the Amistad trial. The Party Spirit exhibit lets groups experience the social and political movements of the 1800s by holding rallies, writing newspaper articles, and enjoying 19th-century entertainments.
Contact Info
Address: 82 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut 06759. Litchfield County. Tel: 860-567-4501. Email: education@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org. Website: www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org. Hrs: Vary.  
Trip Info
Grade Level: 3rd-College. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-3 hours. Cost: Fee. 
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Citizenship, Social Studies.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Historic Site Lesson Plan

While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, such as Philadelphia’s Independence Hall or Washington D.C.’s National Mall, consider reasons for preserving them. They are historically significant and can be visited, toured, and admired. Students learn about the historical relevance of specific historical sites and the importance of preserving these sites.... Continue