Winter on the Farm, Then and Now

What was it like to live and work on a farm during the winter 130 years ago?

In this program, we will explore how people in the past survived the long Vermont winters. By looking at photographs and objects from the past, we’ll learn how they moved from place to place, what chores they had, and how they kept warm.

The pre-recorded video and materials will feature a visit with the farm’s draft horses and a look at the equipment they would have used to pull sleighs. The live session will discuss chores and work that was done on the farm in the past, and how these are similar and different from what students may do today

Weekdays, December 3-18 & January 4-29
Offered from 10am-3pm.  
Call 802-457-2355 or e-mail to confirm availability.

Grades: K-2

Pre-field trip materials:

• Video about winter transportation in the past, draft animals and sleighs
• “Winter in the Past” Worksheets


• Pre-field trip materials: about 20 minutes
• Live session: 20 minutes

Cost: No fee. Donation suggested.

How to reserve your virtual field trip:

Complete the reservation form below, or call 802-457-2355. Reservations suggested 7 days in advance, however, you may call to check if your preferred day/time is available, with less than 7 days.  Cancellations requested a minimum of 24 hours in advance, to be respectful of others interested in the same time slot.

Reserve your virtual field trip

  • Live sessions are available December 3-18 & January 4-29
  • Live sessions are available on weekdays from 10am-3pm. Each live session is 20 minutes long.
  • The live session for the virtual field trip will be held over Zoom. Materials and videos will be shared by Google Drive. Please indicate if your group is able to participate on Zoom and access materials on Google Drive. Accommodations can be made if Zoom or Google Drive are not accessible to your group.
  • Billings Farm & Museum is pleased to present its Virtual Field Trips in December and January without fees. We hope you would consider a gift to support this and future Education Programs. Please indicate below if you will make a contribution. We will send a link with your field trip confirmation. Thanks in advance for your support!