{know your historical farmer} The Farmers Museum


{Blacksmith Shop, The Farmers Museum}

As I stated in part one, {know your historical farmer} Hancock Shaker Village, living museums are an exciting and educational outdoor adventure for you & your child(ren). Especially when you want to experience life when living off the land/self-sufficiency was the way of life. You can see demonstrations on a wide variety of trades, crafts and agriculture from blacksmithing to shearing sheep in addition to leisurely hanging with the farm animals and exploring the herb and vegetable gardens.

{Lazy Piggies, The Farmers Museum, 2009}

The Farmers Museum in Cooperstown is no exception. We fell in love with the place Columbus Day Weekend 2009. Miles was nine months, we were foot loose and fancy free and on a mini food-vacation to Cooperstown (pre-food allergies). We hit their great farmers market, Alex & Ika Restauarant (one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to), Brewery Omegang’s Waffles and Puppets Festival (October 1, 2011) and The Farmers Museum.

{Wooden Carousel, The Farmers Museum, 2009}

I can’t resist, here’s Miles at 9 months:

Fast forward to Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday to be exactly- one week after visiting Hancock Shaker Village- my parents, Miles and I drove the 90 minutes to The Farmers Museum for a lovely day to celebrate the new season at the museum with free carousel rides (beautiful wooden carousel, chock-full of depictions of NYS history), a heritage plant sale (I got two rhubarb plants, one horseradish, a purple bee balm/bergamot and lovage) and tractor rides. Miles is not quiet 2 and a half, so our visits consist of all the outdoor activities; taking long walks around the grounds, eating lunch and snacks on the grass, petting and feeding the animals (I let Miles feed the baby goats even though I knew he could have a reaction to the milk on his skin- TOTALLY worth it), investigating the medicinal herbal garden and the veggie gardens and riding the carousel and tractor. The only indoor building that was of interest was the main building with horse-drawn tractors on display. Of course. For older children, there will be exponentially more interesting things to see and do; including two-one week-long farming camps.

Here’s a look at our 2011 trip:


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Michelle Ross says:

    Miles’ picture is adorable! Wonderful places to bring children! Love the site.


    1. Christina says:

      Thank you Michelle! Please let us know what you’d like to see more of!

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