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.

Questions? Email CoggeshallED@osv.org.

Tenant Farmhouse

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Self-Guided Tours

Suitable for grades Pre-K through 12

Explore the museum at your own pace! Come for a self-guided program and meet our costumed interpreters as they work on our 18th-century salt marsh farm. Participate in self-guided activities, visit our animals, have a picnic lunch, and enjoy the beautiful view. Perfect for scout troops, school trips, and youth groups. You can also choose to add a 30-minute animal tour or a 30-minute johnny cakes hearth cooking program for an additional fee

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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.

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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. 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 coggeshalled@osv.org.

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

A joint effort between Coggeshall Farm Museum and Old Sturbridge Village

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