On weekends now through November 28, Ox-Cart Man programming brings a long-time favorite children’s book to life through our skilled interpreters and story walk. Walk through our scenic front pastures while reading the 1979 book by Donald Hall. Watch our skilled interpreters as they show various parts of the book in real life, such as spinning yarn on a wheel, making candles, making brooms, and other period crafts and trades.

About the book:

Ox Cart Man book coverThe Ox-Cart Man tells the story of an early 19th-century New England family as they go through the cyclical motions of running a homestead by spending a part of the year preparing items for the father to bring to the Portsmouth Market, where he sells everything he brings (including his ox) and uses his profits to buy things that were needed at the farm, along with treats for his children and wife. He walks home, and the work begins again, bringing the reader through winter and spring with woodworking, maple sugaring, sheep shearing, and gardening, where it is implied that the story continues on despite the book coming to an end.


Ox-Cart Man programming is included with standard daytime admission. Adults are $10 and up to three kids 17 and younger are admitted FREE when accompanied by an adult paying full admission now through November 2020! Every (adult) member may bring up to three non-member kids for free.  No other discounts apply.

The demonstrations will vary each weekend, so purchasing a membership is a great way to both get more value (unlimited standard daytime admission for a year!) and support the mission of Coggeshall Farm Museum. Learn more about membership here.

COVID-Safety Precautions:

Coggeshall Farm Museum is committed to keeping our visitors and staff safe as we navigate COVID-19 challenges. We are requiring all visitors and staff to wear masks (unless medical reasons prevent it), practice social distancing, and use proper hygiene. The museum will be closely following the requirements and guidance from the state including contract tracing and monitoring all safety protocols. Learn more here.

Sponsored by the Friends of Rogers Free Library in partnership with Rogers Free Library.

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