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Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Visit Length: Visits are designed for 3 to 4 hours; we can accommodate longer and shorter visits.
Group Size: Groups of any size are welcome! Large groups may be divided for a portion of the visit.
Fee: $5.00 per student. 1 adult free for every 7 students.
Transportation providers free.

Register online or call 802-457-2355: weekdays 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Life on the Farm: Explore the Past and Experience the Present

Offered: November 1 – 22, 2019

A hands-on experience that places Vermont dairy farming within the context of agricultural history.

GRADES 3–8 Using the farm’s cows, horses, sheep, oxen, and chickens – plus crops and wood – we will examine the changes in farm markets, process, and product. Students will experience the roles and responsibilities of young people on the farm by:

• Studying a cow in the Billings herd
• Churning butter by hand
• Pressing cider
• Carding and spinning wool
• Sawing wood with a cross-cut saw
• Experiencing a horse-drawn wagon ride around the farm

The Family Farm–The Child’s Role

Offered: November 1 – 22, 2019

A farm child’s responsibilities.

GRADES K–3 We’ll examine the chores, responsibilities, skills, and leisure activities of children ages five to nine on a Vermont hill farm.

• Observe the cows, horses, sheep, oxen, and chickens in the livestock barns; what work needs to be done?
• Churn butter and taste the results. Is your butter good enough to trade at the general store?
• Explore the tools and possessions that were part of a child’s everyday life on a hill farm and compare and contrast those of today’s children.
• Experience a horse-drawn wagon ride around the farm and play historic games.

Winter Preparation and Thanksgiving

Offered: November 1 – 22, 2019

A bountiful harvest will see us through the winter.

GRADES1–8 Late autumn is a time of preparation for winter on the farm and in the home. Help with harvest activities and learn about work and animal care on the farm during the winter. Join us in the farmhouse sitting room for sewing, and in the kitchen to bake cookies in the wood-burning cookstove. Discover why Thanksgiving was one of the two most important 19th century holidays (July 4th was the other), and how today’s traditions evolved.

Farming and the Industrial Revolution

Offered: November 1 – 22, 2019

Continuity and change during the pre- and post-Industrial Revolution.

GRADES 4–8 Farming in New England had been practiced the same way for 200 years – until the Industrial Revolution changed everything. For instance, in 1820, a farmer worked 60 hours to produce one acre of wheat; 70 years later, a farmer worked just nine hours to produce that same acre of wheat. Learn how technology and tools advanced; how land use evolved and changed; and the Revolution’s impact on geography, demographics, and families.

Historic Celebrations of Christmas and Light

Offered: December 4 – 20, 2019

Discover holiday traditions rooted in family and community.

GRADES 1–8 Visit our authentically-decorated 1890 Farm House and discover through primary sources and hands-on activities, how families and communities celebrated. Students will spend time in the livestock barns learning how winter care of animals differs from other times of the year, and that even on holidays, the farm work must be done. Dip a candle to take home and discover its significance as a source of light for the long winter nights and many holiday celebrations, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

A Day in 1890: Living History for Young People

Offered: January 7 – February 14, 2020

Visit Length: Visits are designed for a 4 hour program.
Group Size: Minimum: 10 students/program; maximum: 25. One chaperone per 6 students.
Fee: $8.00 per student. Teacher and up to three adults free.

An intensive experience of 19th-century farm life, centered around home and farm chores of the day.

GRADES 4–12 Experience daily life on an 1890 farm through work and role-playing in the home and livestock barns. In the 1890 Farm House, students will work in the family kitchen, sitting room, laundry, and creamery while carrying out many of the activities of a typical farm day.

• Preparing the noon meal
• Churning butter
• Housekeeping and laundry
• Gathering raw materials and goods
• Helping to sew quilt blocks
• Barn chores and working with livestock
• Enjoying typical leisure activities
• Eating the noon meal together
• Discussing “current” events and social activities