While we do offer Guided Tours, during the next few weeks as we all practice “Social Distancing” we invite you to come to the Donaldson-Bannister Farm (also a City of Dunwoody Park) and enjoy the fresh air – in groups of 10 or less. Take either a Self-Guided Tour or have the kids go on a Lemon Scavenger Hunt in honor of Dunwoody Preservation Trust’s Lemonade Days. Paper copies of each can be found in our Kiosk located between the main house and barn. Or you can download your own copies here:
History Lives On In Our Tours
School children and visitors of all ages can experience a bit of 19th-Century farm life during our tours of the historic Donaldson-Bannister Farm. Our tours also cover life beyond the farm, including the settlement of the Dunwoody area prior to the Civil War and the growth of the region in the 20th Century.
Who are the tours for?
Mainly for children on school field trips:
- Elementary school students
- Home-schooled students
- Scout troops
- Church groups
- Local day campers
- Daycare children
- Chaperones of all ages
What happens on a tour?
On every tour or school field trip, three docents wearing period attire will lead students through the three main parts of the farm – the house, the barn and the grounds including the family cemetery – explaining and demonstrating how things were done.
After seeing first-hand how the Donaldson family lived and worked the land in the late 1800s, visitors – students and adults alike – leave with an understanding of how simple yet hard daily life could be back then.
Three tour options:
- Option A: Guided tour of the house, barn and grounds
- Option B: Guided tour of the house, barn and grounds plus a live presentation (our most popular tour)
- Option C: Guided tour of the house, barn and grounds plus a live presentation and a hands-on activity
Chaperones are required for all tours, the number depending on the number of children. Other requirements apply.
- Option A: $5.00 per student
- Option B: $7.00 per student
- Option C: $10.00 per student
“The presenters made the effort to dress in character and were well prepared with fascinating historical information. We learned not only about life on a farm, post-Civil War, but also information about Dunwoody’s past … A number of the parents, including two former elementary teachers, said this was the best field trip they had ever been on! The organizers were a pleasure to work with. Thanks, Donaldson-Bannister team!”
–Suzanne L., home school mom