Coggeshall Farm Museum

Events, Programs and Workshops

Girl with yoke and bucketCoggeshall 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!

Demonstrations & Activities

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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.

Making Hay - ongoing (weather-dependent)
One of the most important crops grown on an 18th century farm would have been grass. It provides feed for our animals and compost for our garden. But they didn’t have tractors back in 1790! On many days, you’ll find us scything the grass, raking it into wind rows, and storing it for later use.

Period Woodworking – ongoing
Wooden buildings need regular repair, and ours are no exception! Nearly every day you’ll see us working in the wood shop or in the pasture, building or repairing fences and barns, crafting shingles or sharpening tools.

Laundry Day - Tuesdays, 10AM (and continuing through the day)
Laundry was a daylong affair in the 18th century! We start at 10 am by setting the kettle over the fire and move through the various steps until it’s done. While we often invite our visitors to get their hands dirty at Coggeshall, this is a chance to get your hands clean!

History Stroll – Tuesdays, 10AM
Join our resident historian Charles Quigley for a weekly stroll through time. Each week he’ll present a strolling discussion of a topic relating to 18th century life. To find out the topic of the week, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/coggeshallfarm.

Tuesday, July 21, 10 am: Trousers & Petticoats: Gender Roles in the New Republic
How much independence did women gain after the Revolutionary War? How did moral authority collide with virtue? Join a discussion on the evolution of gender roles in the New Republic.

Tuesday, July 28, 10 am: The Ecology of Change
From the weeds they introduced to the land they cleared, European farmers changed the environment and affected the climate long before climate change became a political hot button. Join a discussion of how 18th century farming changed the ecology of New England.

Cow School - Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 2PM
Have you ever wondered how a 1,000-pound animal learns to obey a human? With lots of practice! Watch us as we take our cows (and sometimes our sheep) to school, teaching them to respond to commands and exhibit predictable behavior.

Story Time – Wednesdays, 10AM
Bring the little ones for a cozy story time every week, and then enjoy the farm afterward! Tell your friends!

Harvest & Hearth Cooking - Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10AM
Our heirloom garden produces something new every week. Help us with our morning harvest and join us as we transform our farm ingredients into something delicious, cooking over an open hearth.

Pasture Walk - Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays,  Noon
Get up close with our largest rare-breed heritage animals, including our American Milking Devon cattle and Gulf Coast Native sheep.  Stroll the pasture with a trained interpreter who can help you safely approach the animals.

Weeding Party – Thursdays, 10AM
Our beautiful heirloom garden needs regular TLC! Join us for some social time, pulling weeds and sharing a few laughs. Beverages provided for our hard-working weeders!

Sit & Knit – Thursdays, 11AM
In the heat of a summer afternoon, we like to seek some shade and think about some place cool… the perfect time to knit wool caps, mittens and socks we’ll be needing for winter. Bring along your own knitting or help us knit items for our interpreters to wear this winter. Want to learn how to knit? Bring a pair of size 8 needles and some worsted weight yarn, and we’ll get you started!

Shanty Night - Every 3rd Friday of the Month, 6:30PM
Polish up your favorite shanty and join us for an open sing, where everyone gets a chance to lead the singing. Gather up family and friends, bring a picnic and a blanket, and find your spot around the campfire. A special way to enjoy Coggeshall at dusk!

Wake Up with the Barnyard - Saturdays, 9 am
Help us with our morning farm chores! Get up close and personal with our animals as you help us feed them, turn them out to pasture, clean the barn, care for our garden and ready our farmhouse for the day.

Wool Processing – Sundays, 10AM
From picking, washing and carding to spinning, wool is central to the life of the farm. Watch how we transform the wool of our own sheep into yarn. Interested in learning? We can show you how using our 18th-century style drop spindles.

Make & Mend – Sundays, 2PM
When you make your own clothing, you aren’t quick to discard it if it needs mending. Every Sunday afternoon, you’ll find us making or mending our clothing by hand. Bring your own mending or help us with ours! From beginners to experts, we enjoy sharing the parlor and some conversation while we sew.

July Schedule Grid

Special Events


Join us around the campfire for an evening of true sea songs and shanties. All ages welcome to this open sing, where everyone is invite to lead the singing! Pack a picnic dinner and bring a blanket or folding chairs and enjoy Coggeshall at dusk.

Harvest Fair: Celebrate the simple life!
Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, 9am–4pm

Harvest Fair celebrates the simple life, engaging visitors of all ages in friendly competitions, games, lively music and dance, hay rides, pony rides and much more against the backdrop of a working 18th century living history farm. Save the date for our biggest event of the year! Visit our Harvest Fair page for the latest on performers and events at the fair. And if you're interested in volunteering or becoming a Harvest Fair vendor, let us know!

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

Farmhouse Storytime
Every Wednesday, 10am

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.

Wake Up With the Barnyard
Every Saturday, May 30–October 10, 9am

Help us with our morning chores, including feeding and grooming the animals, stocking the farmhouse with wood for the hearth, and other seasonal activities around the farm. Free to members. Regular admission for nonmembers. No need to pre-register. Just show up! For more information, email Cindy Elder.