Blacksmith at work at Coggeshall Farm Museum

Saturday, August 20; Sunday, August 21

Times: Coggeshall Farm Museum is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 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

Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol, RI

Discover the world of 18th-century crafts and trades on August 20th and 21st at Coggeshall Farm Museum! Get your hands dirty and see what it takes to keep a garden growing. See blacksmithing and tinsmithing demonstrations, try your hands at a special craft, and more!


Members of Coggeshall Farm Museum or Old Sturbridge Village can bring a friend for free this weekend! See details here.

Click here to purchase tickets for Saturday, August 20th

Click here to purchase tickets for Sunday, August 21st

Schedule (Subject to Change)

Guests can explore the farm at their own pace and many activities will be happening throughout the day, unless otherwise mentioned.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations

Blacksmith at work at Coggeshall Farm MuseumWhether it is nails, hinges, or hooks, a blacksmith was crucial to keeping a farm together- literally! This weekend, our blacksmith will work on useful items for the farm and garden. Visit the forge to see them at work.

 Tinsmithing Demonstrations

No forge necessary! Tin is a softer metal than iron, but still takes a lot of skill to turn into a usable item. How did an 18th-century tinsmith poke, prod, and ply tin into lanterns, cups, and more?

Wood Working Demonstrations

No electric drill, no table saw, no problem! Help chisel a trough, saw firewood, and learn how a tenant farmer would use all types of trees to provide their farm with the supplies it needed.

Hands-On Crafts

Make your own embossed bookmark and try out the tools of the trade at the bookmark station! You can also stop by the craft tent in the work yard to make a souvenir magnet.

How Our Tools Work | 10:30 am

Have you ever heard of an adze? Did you ever wonder why shovels and spades look the way they do? Find out these things and more as a costumed interpreter discusses the details of the tools of their trade.

Working Women | 12:00 pm

Women were also hard at work on a tenant farm like ours, and had their own unique implements to create household crafts and foodways.

Tools of the Sea | Sunday only

Bristol was a major port city, which launched thousands of journeys. They relied heavily on navigators, sailors, and their captains to keep the boat afloat and going in the right direction. A guest navigator will show visitors historic navigation tools and methods and how they are used today.


11:00 am: Tools Rule by Aaron Meshon
3:00 pm: The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow