Travellers Rest

The 1799 Home
Judge John Overton

Summer Camp

Traveling through history with our experienced staff makes summer much more stimulating and fun! Historic Travellers Rest Plantation Summer Camps offer unique opportunities for kids to enjoy the summer while experiencing hands-on activities. Register today to ensure availability or call Tonya Staggs and Chad Burgess at 615-832-8197 for more information.


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* Summer Camp Brochure 2017

Tennessee Tales & Legends

Tennessee history is filled with frontier heroes, creepy critters &  spine-tingling stories!  Challenge your imagination with the historical happenings of the mysterious, curious, the fantastical & the just plain weird.   Hear tall tales, seek hidden treasure, go on a superstitious scavenger hunt, learn  the mysterious art of invisible ink and write your own legendary tale! 

Ages: 7-14


History's Mysteries

Every museum harbors a mystery...an unexpected artifact, a haunting tale or perhaps something far more strange.  Travel on an adventurous journey through some of Nashville’s most interesting museums. 
Gather clues on the hunt to solve the mystery. 

Ages: 7 –14


Jr. Docent Training & Leadership

Go behind the scenes of Nashville’s oldest historic house museum and experience history from the inside out!  Whether teaching quill pens or portraying a historic character, Junior Docents learn about interpretation, museum work, preservation & leadership while also fostering a commitment to service.  Price includes one week of training & one week of your choice in leadership. 

Ages: 9-14 


Stiching History

Do you dream of being a fashion designer?  Are you a fashion-ista or crazy for costumes?  Maybe you just enjoy creating beautiful things from fabric...whatever the case, let your talent shine at one of our newest summer camps!  Explore the fashions of the past while learning the timeless art of hand-sewing, drafting patterns, measuring and even creating your own historical fashion piece.

 Ages: 9-15 


War of 1812

Welcome the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 with our new summer camp adventure!  Travel back in time to when soldiers, Native Americans, pioneers, and frontier heroes fought to build a new nation.  Follow in the footsteps of adventurers like Red Eagle, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston and Andrew Jackson.  Learn about their adventures…and experience your own!

Ages: 7-14 


Civil War Adventure

The winter of 1864 brought two great armies to Historic Travellers Rest to fight the Battle of Nashville, a battle that would decide the outcome of the war in Tennessee.  Become a soldier and learn what life was like. From drills to meeting a Civil War surgeon, experience your own adventure! 

Ages: 7-14


Civil War Officer Training Academy

Officers Training Academy is now accepting enlistment for a week of drills, tactics, military strategy, and our famous flour-bomb battles. Learn how Civil War Officers trained their soldiers, prepared for battle, and entertained themselves during downtime. All cadets will be loaned a uniform and wooden training rifle for the week. bring a parent for the academy camp-out on Friday night, have a soldier’s campfire breakfast, and attend the graduation ceremony on Saturday morning. It's not just a camp, it's an adventure! 

Ages: 10-16


Miss Mary's Academy

Notice is hereby given that Miss Mary will be opening an academy for the instruction of young ladies at the residence of Judge Overton in Nashville, TN.  Instruction will be given in the art of sewing, dancing, penmanship and the general arts of becoming a 19th century lady.  Campers will dress in period clothing and attend class in our historic buildings. Join us for this unique living history experience!

Ages: 10-16 


Time Travelers

Embark on an adventure through time, exploring 1,000 years of Tennessee history, from the ancient Mississippian Indians to early frontier history and from the Overton family through the Civil War. Experience creative projects such as gorget making, fun outdoor activities—and even the occasional flour bomb fight!  End the week by being a tour guide and going behind the scenes for a glimpse of Travellers Rest historic treasures!

 Ages: 7-14 


Our counselor-supervised time is for campers to play, read, get crafty and make new friends.

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