Coggeshall Farm Museum

RI Fiber Festival and Craft Fair

sheep shearingSaturday, May 21, 10am–5Pm
Coggeshall Farm Museum, 1 Colt Drive, Bristol, RI

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 registering as a vendor serving as a sponsor for 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 must be paid in advance, and all contestants must purchase tickets to the Festival. 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. Registration fees in each category will determine the size of the cash prize in each category. Winners will be announced at noon on Saturday, May 21

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

atwater donnellyTickets Available NOW

Advance tickets are $8 for adults; $6 for children and seniors (children 3 and under free). Day-of tickets are $10 for adults; $7 for children and seniors. Members of Coggeshall Farm Museum receive a $2 discount on all ticket prices. Email Cindy Elder for details on membership discounts or to order your advance tickets now.

spinnerDemonstrators, Vendors and Guilds

We're finalizing our lineup for this year's festival! Check out last year's impressive selection of artisans, farmers and craftspeople:

Food, Music and Dancing!

No need to pack a lunch! We'll offer great food from local restaurants and Coggeshall volunteers will be cooking up jonnycakes and other items on the grill.

Ladies of the Rolling PinExperience traditional Morris dancing and help us awaken the earth at springtime with the amazing Ladies of the Rolling Pin, performing at 10:15 am.

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!


Family Fun and So Much to Do!

Face painting, flower headbands, 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.