Hornets’ Nest of Rebellion


The American Revolution was won not only through battles and proclamations, but also through the successful circulation of ideas and military strategy throughout the colonies. Students will explore the many covert ways in which revolutionaries, spies, and double agents spread their contentious messaging of American independence through the Carolina Backcountry by crafting their own secret messages using similar techniques. This program includes a guided spy-craft activity and a guided tour of the 1774 Alexander Rock House and Homesite.

Chaperone Admission: $5/person
Teacher/School-affiliated educator Admission: Free

Discounted admission rates applicable to schools with Title I status. Please specify your school's Title I status when booking your program reservation

Offered At

The Charlotte Museum of History

The Charlotte Museum of History saves and shares the Charlotte region’s history, connecting the past to current issues and opportunities. We believe a shared understanding of the past can enrich the community’s future, and we work to tell the stories of all parts of our community and all those who have inhabited our area.

Museum programs and exhibits explore important civic themes and how their meaning has evolved over time, including ideals of liberty, freedom, equity, justice, democracy, and citizenship.

The museum sits on an eight-acre wooded campus in fast-changing East Charlotte. It’s the site of the oldest surviving house in Mecklenburg County, the Rock House built circa 1774 for the Hezekiah Alexander household. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a designated local landmark, the house is Charlotte’s only remaining structure from the days of the Revolutionary period. Nearby are a relocated barn dating to the era, a reproduction log kitchen, and a reconstructed two-story springhouse. Tours of the site and museum programs highlight how people lived during that era and tell of the many cultures that came together to build Charlotte, including the stories of Black, Indigenous, and immigrant communities.



Colonial Times, Revolutionary War, 18th Century, Government & Civics


100 students, 1 chaperone per 7 students


150 min.


Field Trip


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Price Options

$12.00 per Person for School Group