Bristol, R.I. – Coggeshall Farm Museum has announced free admission for all residents of Bristol and Warren during this upcoming Mother's Day weekend of May 8 and 9, 2021. This exciting opportunity is thanks to the support of the Town of Bristol/Roger Williams University Fund for Civic Activity. One of Bristol's historical and agricultural treasures, Coggeshall Farm Museum, tells the Coggeshall family's story in the late 18th-century.
Set on 48 beautiful acres of coastal farmland, Coggeshall Farm Museum reopened to the public on March 20, 2021, and provides unique programming to interpret life in the 1790s. Costumed historians will be engaging visitors by demonstrating weaving, using a historical barn frame loom while discussing the history of a female weaver in Rhode Island. They will also be hard at work in the kitchen garden with take-home seed kits featuring the Jacob's Cattle Bean for visitors. In addition, a special demonstration featuring historic paint making will occur between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm on May 8.
The purpose of the Town of Bristol/Roger Williams University Fund for Civic Activity is to promote community involvement and civic engagement for all members of the Bristol community. The grant support to Coggeshall Farm Museum does just that by allowing the community to be engaged while taking a step back in time to experience Rhode Island history. "We are grateful for the hard work and leadership of Roger Williams University and the Town of Bristol for making this grant possible," said CEO of Coggeshall Farm Museum and Old Sturbridge Village, Jim Donahue. "We hope the residents of Bristol and Warren will take advantage of this opportunity to experience all that Coggeshall Farm Museum has to offer."
To manage capacity under Rhode Island guidelines, Coggeshall Farm Museum will be limiting the number of visitors. All visitors have the opportunity to reserve tickets in advance online at www.coggeshallfarm.org. Resident adults of Bristol and Warren are to be prepared to show a driver's license or other proof of residency, such as a bill, at the ticket booth. Visitors are asked to follow state guidelines and wear face coverings or masks while at Coggeshall Farm Museum, especially when interacting with staff and other visitors. As an outdoor living history museum, safe social distancing is encouraged and monitored, and hand sanitizing stations will be available through the historic grounds. Coggeshall will also honor reciprocal membership with its sister museum and managing partner, Old Sturbridge Village (OSV).