Billings Farm & Museum
PO Box 489
Woodstock, Vermont 05091
Billings Farm & Museum is a living museum of Vermont’s rural past, as well as a working dairy farm. It is the only outdoor history museum in the country where visitors can experience a fully-operational dairy farm with educational exhibits and interactive programs. Billings Farm dates back to 1871, when Vermont native Frederick Billings, a lawyer, railroad entrepreneur, and philanthropist began importing cows from the Isle of Jersey. His farm prospered, and today is still a premier Jersey dairy farm, which operates with a nationally renowned farm life museum.
In the barns, discover Vermont dairying – past and present – and trace the evolution of the Billings Farm. The dairy barn, milk room, and horse and sheep barns are stops along your self-guided tour. Attend a farm program – many are offered daily – and stop by for the afternoon milking of the herd.
Orientation exhibits trace the evolution of the farm and adjacent Mount Tom forest, spanning the Marsh, Billings, and Rockefeller eras. Extensive displays exhibited in 19th century barns use artifacts, oral histories, and photographs to depict the seasonal round of activities that shaped the lives and culture of rural Vermonters. Dairying, the farm workshop, and general store are just a sampling of the many exhibits along the self-guided tour. The restored and furnished 1890 Farm House – hub of the farm and forestry operation a century ago – features the farm office, family living quarters, and creamery, where butter was produced for market. Just down the hill, stroll through the kitchen garden, flourishing with heirloom vegetables and herb varieties.