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!

We are open Tuesday through Sunday from April 15 to Dec. 14 and weekends only from Dec. 15 to April 14. We are happy to book group tours or workshops with advance registration. Daily demonstrations and activities are free to members and regular admission for nonmembers, with certain exceptions. For hours and admission information, go to our Visit Us page. For information on joining Coggeshall, visit our Membership page.

Summer at coggeshall

Two girls holding handsEvery day offers up something new at Coggeshall, as we respond to the changing seasons. Help us prepare and plant our heirloom garden, process wood, cook over the hearth, card and spin wool and make fences. We might even ask you to help us herd our sheep!

All ages are welcome to explore the farm and mingle with our heritage breed animals. Please wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. If you're curious about how every day people lived when our country was brand new, ask us! Or share your own knowledge with our educators. We love chatting about history.



Shanty Night
Third friday of the month, April-October, 6:30 - 8 pm
Upcoming shanty Nights: July 15, aug 19, sept 16, oct  21

shanty nightPack up the family and a picnic dinner, bring your instruments and singing voices, and join us for an open sing around the campfire. Everyone is encouraged to share their favorite song and take a turn leading the singing. Friday, April 15, 6:30 – 8 pm.






TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016, 6 PM

Coggeshall SignCalling all Coggeshall Members! Join us for Coggeshall Farm Museum's Annual Meeting and Picnic. Hear a report on the past year, learn about our plans for the future, and elect the new slate of officers.

If your membership has expired, you may renew your membership at the meeting.

After a short business meeting, everyone is invited to stay for a bring-your-own picnic. We will provide non-alcoholic beverages and desserts. Children are welcome to attend but must be under the care of an adult.

RSVP to Cindy Elder at c.elder@coggeshallfarm.org or by leaving a message on our farm phone, 401-253-9062.

We have several picnic tables, but we encourage you to bring blankets or folding chairs in the event we have a large turnout. We'll have a campfire going, so feel free to bring marshmallows! We also recommend that you bring bug spray as this is an outdoor event.

Parking for all those who are able to walk a short distance will be in the Colt State Park Office lot, just beyond the farmhouse on the right. You may drop off your picnic supplies to a staff member before parking. If you require closer access, you may park in the clamshell parking lot across from the farmhouse or in the employee lot just beyond the farmhouse on the left. Please let us know of any special accommodations you may require. 

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 Casey DuckettThe Festival is included in the regular price of admission and is free to Coggeshall members.






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.