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Mahaffie offers a variety of camps throughout the summer with different themes. All camps feature lots of hands-on activities and limited to 15 participants.  Please review each camp for recommended for ages.  Registration for each camp is due the Friday before camp begins. No on site registration accepted.  

Farming Fun - The Critters

Come spend a morning with the Mahaffie critters. You will help staff care for the different animals on our farm: Groom a Goat-Chore a Chicken-Hay a Horse! We will play games, share stories, create a craft, and make a yummy snack. Recommended for ages 5-8. 

  • Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (one day only)     Cost: $15  Register 
Eating Goober Peas

Sign up to serve in President Lincoln's army! Recruits will learn to march and maneuver, fire a cannon, and cook a soldier's fare. Play games, enjoy music, and participate in other soldier leisure time activities. To enjoy all activities, sign up for BOTH days! Recommended for ages 8-14

  • Tuesday, June 18, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (one day only)         Cost: $30   Register
  • Wednesday, June 19, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (one day only)  Cost: $30   Register
  • Tuesday, June 18 & Wednesday, June 19, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (BOTH days)  Cost: $50  Register
Young Lady's Academy

Mrs. Mahaffie is opening her home as an academy for young ladies but just for the day! Girls will dress in 1860s clothing, learn how to cook on a wood stove, paint with watercolors and play croquet. End the day with a tea party and ice water footbath! This camp is just the thing for girls who wish they were born in the old-days! To enjoy all the activities, sign up for BOTH days! You are welcome to rent clothing from Mahaffie for $10, or bring your own 1860s clothes! Please bring your own lunch for this all day camp, snacks provided. Recommended for ages 8-14. 

  • Monday, June 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (one day only)  Cost: $30, optional $10 1860s clothing fee Register
  • Tuesday, June 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (one day only)  Cost: $30, optional $10 1860s clothing fee Register
  • Monday, June 24 & Tuesday, June 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $50, optional $10 1860s clothing fee Register

Horse Camp

What could be better than a day with a horse? How about a day with all the Mahaffie horses! You will help staff feed, groom, and care for our horses. You will explore the many ways horses were a part of life in the 1860s: riding, farming, driving, hauling, and providing power. To enjoy all activities, sign up for BOTH days. Please bring your own lunch for this all day camp, snacks provided. Recommended for ages 8-14. 

  • Monday, July 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (one day only)   Cost: $30  Register
  • Tuesday, July 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (one day only)   Cost: $30  Register
  • Monday, July 8 & Tuesday, July 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $50 Register (BOTH days)

Sod Busting & Chicken Feeding

Many hands make light work! Join us for a week of 1860s farming fun as we care for animals, do laundry, work in the garden and cook up a hearty snack of farm foods. Please bring your lunch to this all day camp. To enjoy all activities, sign up for BOTH days. Recommended for ages 8-14. 

  • Wednesday, July 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (one day)   Cost: $30  Register
  • Thursday, July 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (one day)  Cost: $30  Register
  • Wednesday, July 10 & Thursday, July 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Cost: $50  Register  (BOTH days) 

Farming Fun-The Chores

Who knew chores could be so much fun? They are at Mahaffie! With our staff, explore our garden, prepare food for our critters, and haul water for the house. That doesn't sound fun? Don't worry, just like the Mahaffie children did in the past, the daily 'to-dos' will be turned into games, stories, and more! A craft and snack will finish our morning together. Recommended for ages 5-8

  • Saturday, July 20, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (one day)  Cost: $15   Register