As a nonprofit organization, Coggeshall Farm depends on donors like you to keep history alive for thousands of visitors each year. You can support Coggeshall Farm and its efforts to preserve history and educate the public in a variety of ways, see below.
Donate to the Annual Fund (Where Needed Most!)
Your gift helps us share our important story and keep Coggeshall Farm open to the public, not just now, but for years to come.
Donate to Field of Flags
As a Blue Star Museum, Coggeshall Farm offers free admission to active-duty military and veterans and their families. We are able to provide this because of the support of our generous donors. Every $25 that you donate helps provide complimentary daytime admission to military members and their families year-round.
This year, we are proud to extend the Field of Flags to honor our active duty Military, veterans, and the essential workers on whom our country has relied during the COVID-19 crisis.
With your help, we will build two fields of flags: one at Coggeshall Farm Museum and another at one on Route 20 across from Old Sturbridge Village’s entrance. The flags serve as tangible reminders of these American heroes’ service and sacrifice, and a physical expression of our gratitude.
Donate to Coggeshall Farm Museum’s Field of Flags here
Tyska Barn Completion
By interpreting life on a 1790s salt-marsh tenant farm, Coggeshall Farm Museum serves the local community as a living history museum and vital educational resource. Historically, a barn was vital to the family, neighbors, and community who relied on the food the farm provided. The completion of the Tyska Barn at Coggeshall Farm Museum represents a commitment to our Rhode Island community through an invigorated farm operation, dynamic school and family programs, and enhanced experiences for our members and visitors. The new Barn will leverage the possibilities of Coggeshall’s dynamic and evolving partnership with Old Sturbridge Village and serve as the centerpiece of the Farm’s agricultural and educational programs.
We completed Phase 1 of the project, initial construction, with over $150,000 in contributions from generous donors. Phase 2, bringing the Barn to life with animals, programs, and an enhanced visitor experience, will require an additional $250,000. With your support, the Tyska Barn will provide Coggeshall Farm Museum with a modern facility to engage the communities of Bristol, southeastern New England, and beyond.
To learn more or contribute, contact Jim Dyer at 508-347-0281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coggeshall Farm Museum’s corporate member program provides businesses an opportunity to support the museum while taking advantage of complimentary access to Coggeshall Farm Museum, public brand recognition at the museum, and networking opportunities. Learn more here.
You can often double your gift if you, your spouse or your partner work for a company with a matching gift program. Simply check with your company’s HR representative or check here to see if your employer has a matching gift program and get instructions for submitting your matching gift request.
One of the simplest ways to support the preservation of history long after you’re gone is to include a provision in your will that a share of your estate will be distributed to Coggeshall Farm. Review bequest options and sample bequest language below or call the Development Office at 508-347-0281 to talk about options.
You may have planned your estate through a revocable trust instead of a will. A transfer to Coggeshall Farm from your trust will bring you the same tax and planning benefits as a bequest from a will.
Your bequest or trust distribution to us will reduce the value of your estate for federal estate tax purposes. It will also be exempt from state inheritance taxes.
Some Options for Your Bequest
Specific Bequest: “I bequeath Twenty Thousand ($20,000) Dollars [or: all my xxxx stock] to Coggeshall Farm, a Rhode Island non-profit organization located in Bristol, RI.”
Residuary Bequest: “I bequeath Ten Percent (10%) of the residue of my estate to Coggeshall Farm, a Rhode Island non-profit organization located in Bristol, RI”
Contingent Bequest: “If my nephew does not survive me or is unable to inherit this bequest, I direct that it be paid to Coggeshall Farm, a Rhode Island non-profit organization located in Bristol, RI”
Please speak with your financial planner to learn which option is right for you.
Suggested wording to Make a Bequest to Coggeshall Farm
The unconditional bequest . . .
“I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to Coggeshall Farm, 1 Colt Drive, Bristol, RI 02809, __________ percent of the rest, residue and remainder of my property, real and personal, (or the sum of $ ________ or other appropriately described property to be paid out of the real of personal property) owned by me at my death to be used for the historic preservation and education purposes of Coggeshall Farm.”
The contingent bequest . . .
“. . . If any other the above-named beneficiaries should predecease me, then I give, devise, and bequeath the property, real or personal, which said beneficiary or beneficiaries would have received if they had survived me, to Coggeshall Farm, 1 Colt Drive, Bristol, RI 02809 to be used for the historical preservation and education purposes of Coggeshall Farm.”
The bequest of residue . . .
“I give, devise, and bequeath to Coggeshall Farm, 1 Colt Drive, Bristol, RI 02809 all the rest of my property, real and personal, to be used for the historic preservation and education purposes of Coggeshall Farm.”
The specific purpose bequest . . .
“I give and bequeath to Coggeshall Farm, 1 Colt Drive, Bristol, RI 02809 the sum of $__________ to establish the ______________ Fund, the net income of which is to be used for _________. If at some future date, in the opinion of the Board of Trustees of Coggeshall Farm, the income from this fund is no longer needed for the aforementioned purposes, then the Board is authorized to use said income and principal for the historic preservation and education purposes of Coggeshall Farm.”
If you wish to contact us directly to talk about ways to support Coggeshall Farm and living history in Southern New England, please email email@example.com or call 508-347-0207.