Coggeshall Farm Museum

Events, Programs and Workshops

Coggeshall Farm Museum’s year-round events, workshops and special programs offer something for every age and interest.

Whether you enjoy attending major festivals or prefer the intimate experience of a hearthcooking workshop, you'll find something that's just the right fit for you, your family and your friends. We hope you'll join us soon!

Daily Activities

January - March 2016

blacksmith shopAs winter's cold descends, Coggeshall is warming up visitors with a variety of demonstrations and activities to entice all ages. Experience 18th-century candlemaking, blacksmithing and hearthcooking. Discover Coggeshall's "Bornstein Collection" of historic hand tools, or help the museum document its 43-year history by identifing photographs from the last four decades. 

We are open weekends from 10 am to 4 pm from December 15 through April 15. We are happy to book group tours or workshops Tuesday through Sunday with advance registration.

Join us in the activities of daily life on an 18th-century farm in winter.

The following demonstrations and activities are free to members and regular admission for nonmembers. For hours and admission information, go to our Visit Us page. For information on joining Coggeshall, visit our Membership page.

Bread Baking
Saturdays, 11 am: Experience bread baked in a beehive brick oven and help prepare bread dough for the next day.

Saturdays, noon to 2 pm: Learn to make candles from scratch for the long, dark winter ahead using the drip technique and 18th-century molds.

Blacksmith Shop
Sundays, 11 am to 3 pm: Watch our resident blacksmith create nails, knives, hooks and other useful objects in our 18th-century blacksmith shop.

Sundays, 11 am to 2 pm: Join us as we cook up something special over the hearth. From soups to jonnycakes or tasty desserts, every Sunday promises a new hearthcooking experience.

Tool Time
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm (or by appointment): View a rotating selection of Coggeshall's Bornstein Collection of historic hand tools. Scholars and researches encouraged to participate. To schedule an appointment with our Collections Specialist, email McKayla Hoffman.

Memory Lane
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm: Flip through Coggeshall's collection of photographs from its 43-year history as a nonprofit organization and help identify people and activities from years gone by.

Trail Blazers
By appointment for volunteers age 14 and up (weather dependent): Get some fresh air and help establish a woodlands trail on Coggeshall's 48-acre site. Volunteers must complete an application and interview prior to work. Project suitable for students seeking community service hours. To participate, email Casey Duckett.


Special Events

Tuesday, Feb. 16 - Sunday, Feb. 21, 10 am to 4 pm
Weekends from Feb. 27 through March 13, 10 am to 4 pm

maple sugaringVisit our annual "sugar camp" and help us tap our Norway maples and process the sap into maple sugar, just as farmers would have done during the Federalist era. Afterward you can warm up around the hearth of our historic farmhouse and enjoy mulled cider and jonnycakes. Maple sugaring is included in the regular price of admission and is free to Coggeshall members.





Rhode Island Wool and Fiber Festival
Saturday, May 21, 2016

YarnJoin this gathering of artisans, crafters and appreciators of the fiber arts at this major festival. Sheep shearing, cooking competition, games and great local food. Performances by Atwater-Donnelly and others! For information on becoming a vendor or sponsor, email Cindy Elder.





Harvest Fair
Saturday and sunday, september 17 and 18, 2016

sack raceSave the date for our biggest event of the year! Two full days of old-fashioned fun and games, with live music performed by local artists, yummy food hot off the grill, Coggeshall's famous jonnycakes, crafts and activities for the kids and so much more.  If you're interested in participating as a vendor, artist, demonstrator or sponsor, please email Cindy Elder.






Home and Hearth Workshops

Coggeshall Kids and Teens

Children and teens can try their skill at 18th-century games, learn to sew by hand, make candles or lip balms, cook over the hearth or learn about caring for animals or gardening. Find out more.

Adults, Family and Friends

Would you like to enjoy a candlelit dinner that you cooked over the hearth with your friends or family? Interested in learning about heirloom gardens or wood processing? Find out more.


Children’s Programs

Birthday Parties
for large or small groups

Treat the birthday child and his or her friends to a day at the farm. We'll introduce them to our cows, sheep, donkey, turkeys and chickens, and they can learn a craft or simple woodworking skills. You can eat your birthday lunch and cake in our historic farmhouse around the hearth, and they can dress up as 18th-century kids. Email Cindy Elder to schedule a date.


Bring the little ones for a cozy storytime around the hearth, and then enjoy a visit with our farm animals. Free to members. Regular admission for nonmembers. No need to pre-register. Just show up! For more information, email Cindy Elder.