Goals & Objectives

Here at Tarkil Branch Farm's Homestead Museum, we are committed to assist our North Carolina teachers in their requirements for teaching our local history.  Below are the goals and objectives of our farm for both fourth and eighth grade curriculums:

4th Grade Goals & Objectives - The Land and Its People 

8th Grade Goals & Objectives The History of an American State








Grade 4 - North Carolina

The Land and Its People Goals and Objectives:

How our museum can help with Goals and Objectives:


Goal 1.1

Native American artifacts found on the farm.


Goal 1.2

Time Line chart shows early Duplin County settlements of major groups. 


Goal 2.1

Antique Quilts, buildings dating back to 1830, exhibit on early building styles and  methods. 


Goal 2.2

100+ year old family Bible, time-line chart shows several major Religious Denominationís beginnings in Duplin County, Exhibit of local churches dating from the 1700ís.


Goal 3.3

Long leaf pines influenced turpentine industry in Eastern U.S.  Eastern North Carolina was major supplier.  Much Turpentine history including tools, information, and an actual tree used to collect turpentine over a century ago.


Goal 4.3

Physical Characteristics of the farm may be seen. Cultural characteristics may be observed throughout the many exhibits on early life such as meat preservation, canning methods, how early settlers got water and other phases of early life.


Goal 5.1

Early environment was long leaf pines and turpentine (See 3.3) As the pines diminished, tobacco became the cash crop. A 1935 vintage tobacco barn contains exhibits showing all aspects of growing tobacco in the early and mid 1900ís. Scuppernong grapes were also a part of the early environment. Our wine making and home canning exhibits show what early settlers did with the grapes.


Goal 5.2

Modern farming and forestry methods may be observed through the farm wagon ride.


Goal 5.3

Modern soil conservation practices may be seen such as grassed waterways, filter strips, no -till planting. (Our farm was the recipient of the Duplin County and the Area VI Conservation Farm Family Award in 1984)

Goal 6.1

Family genealogy chart on display dates back to 1700ís.


Goal 6.2

An exhibit on log trams shows the very first lines of transportation in this community. Riverboats (a local one at Chinquapin pictured) was the only connection to foreign cities and countries until the Wilmington Ė Weldon Railroad opened in 1840. The exhibit shows all Duplin County train depots along this Railroad.


Goal 7.1

Our time-line chart features Jane S. McKimmon and her work in the 1930ís through the county extension offices to teach farm wives the most modern methods of canning foods for home use. The exhibit on home
food preservation brings this teaching to life.


Goal 8.1

Our time-line chart lists Edward Dudley as the first N.C. Governor elected by direct election as well as many other events on a National, State, and local level that had an impact on local citizens.


Goal 9.1

We certainly demonstrate the limited resources that local people had in by gone days. We also show how they coped with this and survived.


Goal 9.4

Duplin County is second in the state in Agricultural income. Modern Production of grain, timber, and livestock can be seen on the farm as well as the contrast of early primitive methods.

Goal 10.3 

Many early inventions can be seen here, many that still function today as well as ever, such as a hand water pump. A hand cranked Edison phonograph will demonstrate 1920ís technology. There is also an exhibit from the 1940ís, 50ís, and 60,s of electronic media.

Goal 11.1

The museum is filled with machines, equipment, buildings, and processes that are no longer used, and are fast disappearing from the lives and memories of new generations of North Carolinians. 

Goal 12.2

Our time line chart lists many events that influenced the lives of local people and in many cases, reinforced with an exhibit. For example, The Wilmington Ė Weldon Railroad listing as well as a train exhibit. Also, 1940 was a major milestone to local folks with the coming of electricity to the farm. An exhibit on early electrical appliances such as water pump, washing machine, vacuum cleaner, meat grinder, as well as the
the actual wiring components used, along with the first family electric bill.


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Grade 8 - North Carolina

The History of an American State

How our museum can help with Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1.2

This museum is based on local history, which if similar to almost any southeastern community in N. C. The 11 vintage buildings are either from our farm or neighboring communities. So are the 850+ items and artifacts collected here. The physical and cultural aspects of  early life can definitely be identified.


Goal 1.3

Our first settlers encountered long leaf pine forest in abundance. They used these pines to produce turpentine (we have an exhibit on turpentine) and other naval store items. When the long leaf were depleted, logging operations using trams (on which there is an exhibit) cleared another large part of the landscape. Permanent settlers then moved in, cleared the lands and began farming operations. The farming operations, from their crude and primitive beginnings to todayís modern operations can be seen and experienced at out farm and museum.


Goal 2.1

Native American artifacts found on the farm and on exhibit verify the existence of their culture here before Europeans came.


Goal 3.2

Colonial influence on a local level is not documented, but we know there were colonials living here on this farm as evidenced by the discovery of a colonial mold used to make pewter spoons. This spoon mold is on exhibit.


Goal 5.1

One of the problems was land ownership. On exhibit is a copy of a state land grant map dating back to 1794.

Goal 6.3

The land history of our farm begins with the building of the oldest structure in the museum, which is an 1830ís Dogtrot style house furnished completely with turn of the century furniture and furnishings. Even  though the residents may have had some concerns about politics, of greater concern to them was daily  survival. We have tried to capture that feeling here by our exhibits of primitive tools and equipment, explaining how they were used. 


Goal 8.2

During the Industrial Revolution, things like photography, phonographs, and movies became available to the public. Even though they did not come to this community until later. We have a Photography Exhibit, and a circa 1924 Edison phonograph.


Goal 9.1

Our time-line chart follows the education attempts in N.C. and Duplin County. Our early schools exhibit contains several early school books on many subjects dating back to the mid 1800ís.


Goal 10.1

Our family farm was just in itís beginnings when the Great Depression hit. Adding to this the head of the family was fatally injured, causing ever greater struggles during this time. We have on display quilts, clothing and photographs from this difficult era. 


Goal 11.2

This museum will show a panorama of tools, equipment, technology and processes that will clearly provide a picture of how the quality of life has changed throughout the years.


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