Students on a field trip at Coggeshall Farm MuseumSet on 48 acres of coastal farmland in Bristol, Rhode Island, Coggeshall Farm Museum recreates the daily experience of tenant farmers on a late 18th-century salt marsh farm through live interpretation, historic structures, heirloom plants, and heritage-breed animals.

The dynamic living history environment is the perfect setting for field trips for students of all ages! Teachers have an option between guided tours or a self-guided visit. After your program, feel free to enjoy a picnic lunch on the farm! See below for program details.

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Tenant Farmhouse

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Self-Guided Tours

Suitable for grades Pre-K through 12 

Experience classic Coggeshall Farm Museum in this program sure to thrill all ages. Available in both morning and afternoon time slots, this program includes farm exploration, guided and self-guided activities, and an animal tour. Add an option hearth cooking program and learn to make colonial Rhode Islander’s favorite snack– Johnny Cakes!


Our Big Backyard

Designed for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners 

In this approximately 45-minute program, students will experience a total feast for the senses as they explore our working living history farm museum. Meet our farm animals, search for wildlife, learn about maps, and use all five senses to discover our farmyard. Afterward, play or have a picnic lunch and enjoy the great outdoors.


Strong Roots

Designed for 3rd Grade Students

Join Coggeshall Educators as we explore the natural ecosystems and habitats around us. Discover how plants, animals, and humans work together to create a rich and beautiful world and find out how we can be stewards of the earth starting in our own backyards. Through hands-on activities, learn how Coggeshall is answering the important question: What can farming from the past teach us about farming for our future? This program is approximately 3 hours long, including time for lunch.


Who Tells Your Story?

Designed for 4th and 5th Grade Students

Using primary sources, students will learn about the lives of three separate groups who lived in Bristol Harbor– Indigenous, Settlers, and Enslaved. After investigating the history of the Bristol slave trade and the Pokanoket tribe, students will have an opportunity to try their hands at some of the practical skills and lessons imparted by 18th-century writers. This program is approximately 3 hours, including time for lunch. Due to the depth and scale of this program, we recommend this field trip for groups of less than 40 students per field trip. If you are able to split large grade levels into two separate days, please note it in the comments or email



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e-Civics - Virtual Curriculum: The Slave Trade and Abolition in Bristol, RI

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