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Teaching Pebble Hill

A Local History Resource for Educators in Auburn, Alabama and Beyond


How to Use the Lesson Plans

Click each image to view and download a PDF of the lesson plan. Hyperlinks to additional resources are available in each PDF.


About Pebble Hill

Pebble Hill, also known as the Scott-Yarbrough House, is an 1847 Greek Revival cottage in Auburn, Alabama that illustrates the important lives of Creek Indians, enslaved persons, and founders and builders of the town of Auburn. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and currently serves as the home of the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University.

Download a booklet about the history of Pebble Hill

About the Project

Lesson plans were created by Shannon Brandt, Instructional Coach at Yarbrough Elementary School and Pebble Hill Teacher in Residence. 

A Portrait is Worth a Thousand Words
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Students will use portraits and information about the Creek men in the portraits to better understand the role of Creek leaders and the use of portraits as a historical source.

Taking Count: Using Census Data as a Primary Source
1860 Slave Census - Scott - North Divisi

Students will analyze the 1850 and 1860 Agricultural Census as primary sources.

A Blanket of Memories:
The Pebble Hill Crazy Quilt

Students will learn about 20th

century life through the study of Mary Strudwick Yarbrough’s Crazy Quilt as a primary source. Students will create a crazy quilt representing their personal memories.

Map it Out
1820 Melish Map_Close.tif

Students will understand how the boundaries of Alabama and surrounding land were impacted as migration and settlement occurred. Students will be able to identify different map types and their purposes.

Family History: An Interview
with Dr. Terrance Vickerstaff

Students will begin to understand the life and role of enslaved people through family stories told by Dr. Terrance Vickerstaff.

Dear Betty, Love Byron:
Letters and Life During WWII

Students will discover the impact of WWII on Alabamians as they read excerpts from letters between Betty Jones and Byron Yarbrough, a resident of Pebble Hill stationed in the Pacific Ocean during World War II.

Lesson Plans
Pebble Hill Virtual Scavenger Hunt

The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts  at Auburn University creates opportunities that explore our individual and collective experiences, values, and identities through the creativity of the arts and the wisdom of the humanities.

Visit our website and join our mailing list to learn more. 

Contact Us:

Mark Wilson, Director | (334) 844-6198

Maiben Beard, Outreach Associate | (334) 844-4903

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