The value of the Rice-Upshaw House and William Looney Tavern as sites of heritage tourism is a given.  Their value as “silent educators” is equally important.  The log structures serve as an education lab for students of all ages, elementary to graduate, and a wide range of academic disciplines, allowing them to connect their classroom theory to an authentic setting.  The sites are popular field trip destinations for educators and students from throughout the region, as well as those at BRTC.