Bristol, R.I. – While the summer may be winding down, there are many exciting programs at Coggeshall Farm Museum in August. There are many diverse events for new and returning visitors, such as Free Town Fridays, themed-weekends such as historical foodways, tools and toolmakers, garden programs for kids, and even a day to bring your furry dog friends to the museum. Hope to see you there!
Events in August:
Coggeshall Farm Museum is offering free, standard, daytime admission for residents of specific towns near the museum! Because of the nature of the program, pre-registration is required for Free Town Fridays and all adults in the party must present proof of residency upon arrival at the Ticket Booth. The towns being featured in August and September are Newport, RI, on August 5th, Providence, RI, on August 12th, Fall River, MA, on August 19th, Swansea, MA on August 26th and Seekonk, MA, on September 2nd. For the full list of towns and to register, visit our website.
This weekend, our costumed interpreters will be discussing all the elements of early American foodways or the cooking and eating habits of a specific time period or region. Visitors will learn about how food is sourced or grown, cooked and preserved, including discussions on foraging, drinks, and cheese making. There will also be food-centric story times and crafts.
During this weekend, learn about how skilled artisans of the time created different tools essential to early American life. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate trades of the time, such as blacksmithing, tinsmithing and wool working. There will also be story times and discussions on how tools work and their uses throughout history with How Our Tools Work at 10:30 am and Working Women at 12 pm, and only on Sunday, August 21st, Tools of the Sea to discuss maritime tools. Visitors will have the opportunity to make their own take-home crafts!
Events in August specifically for kids:
In this recurring class series, preschool aged kids (2-5 years) and their adults will explore different aspects of the museum such as gardening or livestock, along with singing songs, listening to stories and playing games. Each class is different, so feel free to come to one or all! These classes are included in the standard price of admission. Classes in August include:
Forest Friends (August 4th) - Kids will learn about the other animals that live near Coggeshall Farm Museum in the woods and ponds.
Make a Splash! (August 11th) - Kids will get to enjoy some wet and wild fun in this water themed class.
My Five Senses (August 18th) - Kids will get to explore the farm through their five senses.
Fruits and Veggies (August 26th) - Kids will get to help harvest and learn about the edible plants we grow at Coggeshall.
Each week, kids of all ages will be able to help museum staff with tasks in the garden, including weeding, watering, planting, harvesting and composting. While doing these activities, kids will also learn about gardening and botany from both the 18th century and today. These sessions are included in the standard price of admissions.
Ticket Prices: $10 for adults, $5 for kids