Camp Edwards Place 2021

Camp Edwards Place is where your child can indulge their love of history at a home that is truly a Springfield treasure. There are a number of camps they can join that all take place in and around this 1833 historic home in the heart of one of Springfield's oldest neighborhoods. We have camps for many different age groups.

3rd - 5th Grade Camps


Civil War Encampment, 3rd-5th Grade

$130/Non-Members. $100/ Members
June 7-11.2021: 9AM - NOON or July 5-9: 9AM - NOON, Edwards Place.


This camp takes kids back to the 1860s to learn some of the skills that soldiers learned during the Civil War. Learn about battles, 19th century medical aid, what soldiers did outside of battles, and more. This camp is immersive and participatory, and primarily takes place outside on Edwards Place’s front lawn. This camp is primarily outdoor.
​ (Children will learn about civil war era weapons.)

Dig It!, 3rd-5th Grade

$130/Non-Members. $100/ Members
June 7-11.2021: 1:30-4:30 PM or June 14-18: 1:30-4:30 PM, Edwards Place.


Your camper will learn about the principles and practices of historical archaeology, and then go out into the field to conduct an archaeological excavation in the back yard of Edwards Place!  Camp winds up with an exhibit of the artifacts recovered.  Don’t miss this unique, hands-on opportunity! This camp is primarily outdoor.

Playing With the Past, 3rd-5th Grade

$130/ Non-Members. $100/ Members
​June 21-25.2021 : 9 AM-NOON or July 12-16: 9 AM-NOON, Edwards Place. 


This camp will explore the different toys and games played with by children in the 19th century, some of which are known to have been played with by the Edwards family. This camp isn't just to PLAY with games, but to MAKE games! Before factories mass-produced toys and games, many were handmade with materials that could be easily found in and around the home.

History Time Machine, 3rd-5th Grade

$130/ Non-Members. $100/ Members
​June 28-July 2.2021 : 9 AM-NOON, Edwards Place.


You will have the opportunity to go back in time and imagine what it was like to live at Edwards Place in the 19th century.  Themes to be explored include Home Life, School, Chores, Manners, and more.  Enjoy fun activities such as making butter, playing 19th century games, and dipping candles.  Campers will have the opportunity to learn and play inside Historic Edwards Place.

Maker's Apprentice, 3rd-5th Grade

$130/ Non-Members. $100/ Members
​June 28-July 2.2021: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM or July 19-23: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM, Edwards Place.


This camp will explore how people made their own goods to trade and sell in the 19th century. Before machines helped us make some things, people used special tools to make them by hand. Campers will get to see and even participate in creating some of these items, just like they did in the 1800s. Projects TBD and will be updated as they are confirmed. This camp is primarily outdoor.

6th - 8th Grade and High School


A Stitch in Time, 6th-8th Grade

 $130/Non-Members. $100/Members
June 14-18.2021: 9AM-Noon, Edwards Place.


This camp will teach campers the basics of hand embroidery. The women of Edwards Place would have embroidered regularly in the 1800s. By the end of the week, campers will have started their very own sampler, containing the different types of stitches learned throughout the week.

Cooking Up History, 6th-High School

$130/Non-Members. $100/Members
June 21-25.2021: 1:30-4:30PM or July 5-9.2021: 1:30-4:30PM. Edwards Place.

Campers will learn about some typical 19th century meals from actual Edwards family recipes, while getting the opportunity to try their hand at cooking them! By the end of the week, campers will gain knowledge of cooking skills, can try their own creations, and get to take home recipes from the camp to try at home. Campers will have the opportunity to eat their creations each day, so they will only want a light lunch before attending!

In A Pickle, 6th-8th

$130/Non-Members. $100/Members
July 12-16.2021: 1:30-4:30 PM, Edwards Place.


Before we were able to get produce year round at the grocery store, food preservation was a necessary part of preparing for winter.  Preserved foods could be kept in a cool cellar for an extended period of time, only to be opened as needed. These skills are still useful (and fun!) today. Campers will learn the skills to preserve foods on their own, and will take home their own products to share.

Sew Crafty, 6th-High School

$130/Non-Members. $100/Members
July 19-23.2021: 9AM-NOON, Edwards Place.


This history camp teaches some of the basics of hand-sewing. Campers will sew their own petticoat, one of the essential undergarments for historic clothing. They will learn about sewing hems, pleats, and trim while creating a garment for themselves. A side project will be to create a reticule, a small bag carried by women in the 19th century. This bag is totally customizable and uses the skills the campers have learned throughout the week. They will be able to take home their creations at the end of the week. 


Write On!, 6th-8th

$130/Non-Members. $100/Members
July 26-30.2021: 9AM-NOON, Edwards Place.


This camp is based on exploration of calligraphy (the art of beautiful handwriting), often used during the 19th century. Students will learn how to write using the Chancery Cursive “hand” and will also explore the tradition of illuminated manuscript (handwritten pages with painted images including precious metals).

History Detectives, 6th-8th 

$130/Non-Members. $100/Members
​July 26-30.2021: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM, Edwards Place.


This camp will explore what it's like to be a historian. Campers will take field trips around the area to dive in with history and discover how life was lived in the past. They will get to meet historians and get hands-on with local sources. Springfield is filled with an exciting past, and this experience will give campers a behind-the-scenes view of that special history! Locations TBD