Spend the Holidays at The Farmers’ Museum

The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown opened its doors to the public in 1944 with over 5,000 tools and objects from New York’s rural past in its collection. Today the museum’s collections number more than 23,000 artifacts.

The museum is open from April to the end of October. Although the regular exhibits are closed for winter, the Museum still offers many special programs and events, especially during the holiday season.

The first of these event, Thanksgiving at the Farm, runs from November 26th to the 27th. The museum is the perfect setting to spend time with family and friends over the long holiday weekend. You’ll find blacksmiths forging cooking utensils throughout the day inside the Peleg Field Blacksmith Shop. Smell the coffee being roasted inside Bump Tavern. Be sure to visit the Print Shop Exhibit in the Main Barn to see historic recipes printed using a 19th-century printing press. Stop by the Lippitt Farmhouse to learn about traditional cooking methods and recipes. Watch interpreters at the Pharmacy Exhibit prepare medications from a bygone era that help aid digestion–like after a big Thanksgiving meal!

Kids can catch a glimpse of the heritage-breed turkeys, visit the farm animals, or enjoy a relaxing walk around the museum’s 19th-century country village. They’ll also find activities and crafts in the School House.

photo courtesy of The Farmers’ Museum

December brings six evenings of Holiday Lantern Tours, which this season will take the place of the museum’s Candlelight Evening.

Enjoy an intimate, hour-long guided walking tour of The Farmers’ Museum and see it dressed in its winter finery during our Holiday Lantern Tours, taking place on Fridays and Saturdays in December (Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18). Join the guides as they lead you through the museum’s sparkling grounds by lantern light. Learn about the history of December holidays, including Christmas, and how they were celebrated in Upstate New York in years past. Multiple tours are offered each evening, starting at 3:00 p.m. and running every 20 minutes. The last tour begins at 8pm. Reservations are required. Tickets are available to the public on Eventbrite.com.

photo courtesy of The Farmers’ Museum

Next up are five performances of the Charles Dickens holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” running from Thursday the 16th to Sunday the 19th.

Rediscover the fabled tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter old man who devoted his life to money and business until three spirits arrive to show him the error of his ways. The production embodies the joy of the season and is a perfect way to celebrate the holidays with family and friends.

These performances will be presented in the Louis C. Jones Center at The Farmers’ Museum. Order tickets online at Eventbrite.com starting November 15 or purchase your tickets at the door on the evening of the performance (availability not guaranteed).

For more information, visit The Farmers’ Museum website.