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.

Autumn at coggeshall

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

This fall, the focus is carpentry. We have several projects coming up and will need help making shingles, replacing parts of our buildings, tree felling, long sawing, and thanks to a grant fron NRCS we will need help building and installing gates and fences around our property.

We will also have special knitting sessions on Sundays. Learn to knit, get help with special projects, or just come an knit by our fire.

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.


Planting a seed: fall fundraiser kick-off

OCTOBER 26, 2016, 6:00PM - 8:00PM


Fall Fundraiser Kick OffJoin us to celebrate our recent accomplishments and help "plant a seed" to support our efforts as we look forward to the year ahead. We will air "The Missing Chapter" by Taunton filmmaker Kenny Loubeau, which was featured in the RI International Film Festival this fall and  unveil the winners of our 2016 Arts on the Farm contest.

We have a lot to celebrate. The 43rd annual Harvest Fair and the RI Fiber Festival and Craft Fair broke attendance records, we launched new in-school programming bringing our farm to the classroom, we collaborated with other great Rhode Island institutions, and brought in Spanish goats and Jacob sheep to enhance our interpretation.

2016 has also presented Coggeshall Farm with new challenges. This year New England experienced one of the worst droughts in recorded history. As a result, our hay fields did not produce enough feed for the winter and hay prices have gone up. We are also faced with the large task of repairing and replacing much of our site's infrastructure, including the decaying roof of our hay barn. Your gift will ensure that our animals are fed and our site's buildings are preserved for the next generation.

Proceeds from the event support Coggeshall Farm Museum. Each ticket includes admission and complimentary beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres. Enjoy a night out, and play a direct role in keeping our 1790s salt-marsh tenant farm alive for years to come.

BASKET WEAVING WORKSHOPSSwirlingStarBasketbyElwoodDonnelly

Thanks to funding by Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Instructor Elwood Donnelly presents weaving techniques to the general public August 9, 16, and 18 from 10am - 4pm. In-depth workshops will take place on October 25 and a November date (to be announced) from 12 - 4 pm. During workshops, students will learn basic basket weaving techniques while creating salt and pepper caddies to take home. Materials are provided. Registration is limited to five people per session and participants must be 14 years of age or older. Workshops are $55 for non members, $50 for members. For more information or to register email Eleanor Langham.


Shanty Night
shanty nightThird friday of the month, April-October, 6:30 - 8 pm
Upcoming shanty Nights: oct  21

Pack 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.




A Night of Traditional ScaresFarmhouse at Night Jeff Fox 400x
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

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) or the chilling tale of the headless horseman.

A Night of Traditional Scares is appropriate for ages 8 and older. For more information or to preregister contact e.langham@coggeshallfarm.org.


Seed Saving Workshop
Saturday, October 29, 2016, 10:00Am - 12:00pm

In partnership with the Bristol Health Equity Zone, Coggeshall Farm presents a seed saving garden workshop, from both historic and modern perspectives. Learn about the benefits of seed saving, methods of cultivating and storing heirloom seeds, and try your hand at collecting and processing seeds from an 18th century kitchen garden.

The workshop is free and open to the public.   
For more information or to register contact McKayla at m.hoffman@coggeshallfarm.org. 



November 19, 11am - 2pm 

This special hearth cooking workshop will feature harvest themed courses and is limited to 12 attendees. The meal will consist of 2 courses, each consisting of 3 "removes," or plates.

The workshop is $35 per person. For more information or to register contact Casey Duckett at c.duckett@coggeshallfarm.org.  



Christmas at Coggeshall Young couple at Christmas Tree Sale 400x
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00Am - 4:00pm

Get your Christmas tree at Coggeshall and enjoy holiday performances!

Add some holiday spirit to your Christmas by purchasing your tree at Coggeshall and helping us raise funds for our nonprofit living history museum. The Coggeshall store will be selling honey and maple syrup from our own bees and trees, along with toys, books, heirloom seeds and other gifts to put under your tree.



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, 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 Casey Duckett to schedule a date.