Two costumed historians painting

June 18-19, 2022

Times: 10 AM – 4 PM

Cost: Included with standard daytime admission ($10 for adults, $5 for youth ages 4-17) or with Coggeshall Farm Museum membership or Old Sturbridge Village membership

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Often, a culture is defined by its folklore- the stories, art, and music that embody a time, place, and people. Early American Folk and Folklore is still present today. Hear folklore stories from the 18th century that will inspire magical wonder and transport guests back in time. Explore early American art traditions like velvet painting or sailor scrimshawing and try a bit yourself while connecting it to the culture of the past and present.


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Schedule (Subject to Change)

Guests can explore the farm at their own pace and many activities will be happening throughout the day. We will also have several timed activities including:

The Folks Who Made It | 11:30 am
Folk art, or self-taught handicraft, was very popular in the 18th century. Learn about the history of early American Folk Art and how it shaped modern art.

Sea Shanties & Worksongs |  11:00 am (Saturday only)
Work songs, whether by land or sea, help pass a long hard day away. Learn about some of the classic shanties and their history, and why they’ve made a popular resurgence today.

American Folk Heroes | 12:30 pm
Early American Folk Heroes, from Johnny Appleseed to Paul Bunyon, were prominent figures in the stories Americans have grown up with for generations. Learn about their stories and origins in American culture.

New England Legends & Cryptids | 2:00 pm
While you probably won’t see Bigfoot here at Coggeshall, our costumed historians will tell you about the supposed legends and creatures that Early Americans believed in and where those stories may have originated.

Story Times 
11:00 am: Paul Bunyon by Steven Kellogg
1:00 pm: The Legend of Katama, The Creation Story of Dolphins by Stacy Elizabeth Hall
3:00 pm: John Henry by Julius Lester