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!
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.
10:30 am, daily
Help us prepare simple foods over an open hearth. Learn how we preserve food harvested from our heirloom garden and transform farm ingredients into something delicious!
Noon, daily (weather permitting)
Accompany a trained staff member on a walk to see our largest farm animals, including heritage breeds like American Milking Devon cows and Gulf Coast Native sheep. Sturdy walking shoes recommended.
1 pm, daily
Try your hand at the two-man saw and other woodworking tools common in the 18th century. Learn how we use these tools to restore buildings, repair fences, build gates,crafting shingles or process firewood.
1:30 pm, daily (weather permitting)
Every season brings new tasks that must be accomplished on a farm. Autumn is a time for raking leaves, collecting sticks and firewood, gathering feathers for household use and other chores. Jump in and join us in our daily activities.
2:30 pm, daily (weather permitting)
Have you ever wondered how a 1,500-pound animal learns to respond to simple commands? With lots of practice! We'll show you how we train our cows and you can learn the cow commands too.
Home Sweep Home
3 pm, daily
As our day comes to an end, it's time to tidy up our historic farmhouse. Help us sweep using a handmade broom, clear the cobwebs using a feather duster made from feathers collected on the farm and other household activities. And we might just relax with a cup of tea to reward our efforts.
Help us collect warm clothes and funds for East Bay Food Pantry
On this special day, we give thanks for the special community of Bristol by offering free admission to all visitors who contribute warm clothing or a financial donation to the East Bay Food Pantry. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, help us take care of our neighbors and experience the beauty of Coggeshall Farm Museum in late autumn.
We'll also be hosting representatives from the Bristol Health Equity Zone (HEZ), a project seeking to improve the overall health and quality of life for Bristol residents.
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.
The Voices of Christmas will perform at 11 am, and the Mount Hope High School Vocal Ensemble will perform at 1 pm.
Home and Hearth Workshops
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.
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.
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.