Coggeshall Farm Museum

RI Fiber Festival and Craft Fair


The art of producing and working with natural fibers and traditional craft skills will take center stage at the 9th Annual Rhode Island Fiber Festival and Craft Fair at Coggeshall Farm Museum on Saturday, May 21, from 10am to 5pm. Against a backdrop of a working 18th-century farm, artisans and craftspeople from across the Northeast will come together for a day of public celebration and exhibition.

Interested in volunteering at the Fiber Festival and Craft Fair? Email Cindy Elder for information.

Idyllyic Setting for a Fiber Festival

Situated on 48 acres of pristine coastal farmland, Coggeshall Farm is a living history museum reflecting the lives of tenant farmers in the late 1700s.

During the festival, interpreters dressed in 18th-century clothing will mingle with visitors as they explore the historic farmhouse and outbuildings.

gracesObserve craft demonstrations, purchase handcrafted items and natural fibers, and watch a master sheep shearer at work on Coggeshall’s own Gulf Coast Natives. Old-fashioned games, kids’ crafts, dance performances, acoustic music and great local food complete the scene.

Compete for cash prizes in the Coggeshall Cook-Off!

Last year's Coggeshall Cook-Off produced some inspiring desserts. This year's theme is Yeasted Breads. A registration fee of $5 cash must be paid upon arrival at the Festival (in addition to ticket price). All registration fees will go toward cash prizes awarded to the winners.

We will offer prizes in three categories: Ages 12 and Under, Ages 13 to 17, and Ages 18 and up. Contestants must present their Cook Off item at the registration desk by 2 pm on Saturday, May 21. Registration fees in each category will determine the size of the cash prize in each category. Winners will be announced at 4 pm on Saturday, May 21. 

For more information on the Coggeshall Cook-Off, email Cindy Elder.

Free admission for members

Admission to all of our major festivals is included with your membership (1 ticket for Individual members, 2 for Couples, up to 4 for Family Members and up to 6 for Sustaining Members). Non-members pay the regular weekend admission fee: $7/adults and $5/kids under 12, seniors 62+ and active-duty military. You can purchase your membership online or at the Festival. Non-member tickets are available at the gate.


 Demonstrators, Vendors and Guilds

Vendors are lining up for this year's festival. We'll update this list regularly. If you're interested in being a vendor, email Cindy Elder at c.elder@coggeshallfarm.org. 

Food, Music and Dancing!

Ladies of the Rolling Pin 2Experience traditional Morris dancing and help us awaken the earth at springtime with the amazing Ladies of the Rolling Pin, who will perform and engage visitors of all ages at noon.

Polish up your singing voices and get ready to sing along with Atwater-Donnelly, a traditional American folk duo known throughout the region. Dancing encouraged! Atwater-Donnelly performs at 1 pm.

Enjoy wood-fired pizza and other delights cooked in The Gilded Tomato's mobile copper-domed oven, which are signed by the Maine artisan who created them. You can also sample chocolate-covered strawberries from Edible Arrangements and specialty items from the food entrepreneurs at Hope & Main.
Atwater Donnelly




Gilded Tomato


Cheers to Our Sponsors!

We simply couldn't deliver this much talent and fun without the support of our wonderful sponsors, who are committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in our community. Special thanks to:

Coleman Realtors    Bristol Marine              Gil's Appliances 


John Andrade Insurance    

Navigate Credit Union         Starkweather & Shepley    bristol toyota


Family Fun and So Much to Do!

YarnOld fashioned games and hands-on activities like washing and carding freshly sheared wool will keep the younger set busy while the grownups shop, mingle and enjoy the music. We encourage you to wear your own 18th-century style clothing if you have it!

For more information, call 401-253-9062 or email Cindy Elder.