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.

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 - 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.

Special Events

Casey Shanty NightSHANTY NIGHT
FRIDAY, October 16, 6:30PM ~ Free to members

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. $5/person.




Farmhouse at nightA Night of Traditional New England Scares
Thursday, Oct. 22, 7:30 - 8:30PM ~ free to members

Experience spooky tales and trails around the campfire at historic Coggeshall Farm Museum. Discover the origins of hair-raising stories that have endured for 200 years, like "The Demon in Exeter," a dramatic retelling of the Mercy Lena Brown story. $5 per person.


Young couple at Christmas Tree Sale



Christmas at Coggeshall
Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 am to 4 pm ~ Free for all!

Purchase your Christmas tree at Coggeshall and join us for a joyful day of caroling, a capella performances, holiday craft making, guided tours, winter games, hot cider, jonnycakes cooked over the hearth and holiday shopping at the Coggeshall Store.


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.