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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

summer/fall 2015

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.

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.

Farmhouse 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.

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.

Special Events

Arts on the Farm Month: August

During the month of August, artists working in all media are invited to use Coggeshall Farm Museum as a place of inspiration. Set up your easels or tripods. Bring your notebooks, laptops or instruments.  And then submit your work to be considered in the Arts on the Farm Exhibit at Harvest Fair (Sept. 19 and 20). Visit our Arts on the Farm page for more details.

SHANTY NIGHT
FRIDAY, August 21, 6:30PM

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.