This Charming Rhode Island Farm Museum Will Bring History To Life
If you grew up in Rhode Island, there’s a solid chance you took a field trip to the Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol. When you were a kid, you might have been preoccupied with the farm animals or the funny outfits of the reenactors, but the museum has plenty to offer adults, too. In fact, you’ll probably take away all sorts of facts you don’t remember from childhood!
In operation since the 1970s, the museum will transport you to a salt-marsh farm in the 1790s.
The museum is set on 48 acres of fields, marshland, and woods, and it's farmed the old fashioned way, so if you're interested in sustainable agriculture this is a great place to visit.
You'll love examining the details of the historic house - from the pantry to the furniture, you can touch and learn from it all.
Best of all, you'll have the chance to learn all about life in the late 18th century. The museum staff is more than willing to give hands-on demonstrations to visitors, and little farm-goers will love learning about colonial life just as much as you will.
There's always plenty to be done on the farm, so you'll have the chance to watch (and even participate in) chores ranging from milking the cows to splitting logs.
Of course, visiting the animals is always the highlight of a trip to any farm, and Coggeshall is no exception. Plus, here you get to learn just how important animals were to the survival of the colonists.
The sheep are adorable any time of year, but if you catch baby lambs in the spring you're in for a real treat! Of course, as it's a working farm, they are sheared for their wool, which is spun into yarn the old fashioned way.
Make sure to keep an eye on the museum's calendar - they offer all sorts of neat workshops, festivals, and more. And keep it in mind for your next family party!
You can find the Coggeshall Farm Museum at 1 Colt Dr, Bristol, RI 02809. Visit
their website to find hours and information about special events.
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