School Programs at the Santa Elena History Center

School programs at the Santa Elena History Center are a great way to extend learning outside the classroom and ensure that students learn the history of the area in which they live.

  • A minimum of 10 people are needed for a school program.
  • Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance with confirmation from the Program Coordinator.
  • Bus parking is available next to the History Center free of charge.
  • Lunch areas can also be provided if needed.
  • A gift shop is available for students in small groups at a time.
  • Our programs can also be combined with programs at the Verdier House Museum and the Beaufort History Museum all of which are in walking distance of each other and the History Center.
  • Programs at the Verdier House Museum and the Beaufort History Museum need to be scheduled through each institution separately.

Groups that would like to schedule educational field trips at the Santa Elena History Center should contact the Program Coordinator at or 843-379-1550.

Museum Tour (Grades 3-8)
exhibitAfter viewing the introductory video, participants will be able to tour the main exhibit “Santa Elena: America’s Untold Story” where students will learn why Spain, France and England were interested in settling the “New World” in the 16th century and why Santa Elena became the Spanish capital of la Florida. Tour of the main exhibit includes a scavenger hunt worksheet!

After touring the main exhibit, students can work in groups to: tour the building to learn local courthouse history and see jail cells, work hands-on in the Dig Table to learn about archaeology, and play Santa Elena themed computer games.

Social Studies Standards: 3-1.3, 3-2.1, 3-2.2, 3-2.3, 4-1.3, 4-1.4, 6-6.4, 6-6.5, 8-1.2
Terms: Santa Elena, Charlesfort, tailor, armor, colony, rival, archaeology, artifacts
Length: 1.5 hours
Price: $6.00 per student. No charge for teachers and chaperones unless the number of chaperones is greater than a third of the total number of students.