farmers_logo.gifThanksgiving at the Farm Nov. 29-30, 2013 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Cooperstown, N.Y. - Discover how rural New Yorkers celebrated Thanksgiving in the 1840s when The Farmers' Museum re-opens its doors on the Friday and Saturday following the holiday: November 29 and 30 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Farmers' Museum is the ideal setting to spend time with family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday. Visitors will see traditional Thanksgiving foods prepared over the open hearth at the rustic Lippitt Farmhouse. Look in on the heritage-breed turkeys and take part as they are herded across the tavern green. Participate in chores on the farm and admire Red and Rusty, our team of oxen in training. Ride the Empire State Carousel, or just enjoy a peaceful walk around the museum's historic village. You can also learn about unusual 19th-century digestive medicines as they are created at Dr. Thrall's Pharmacy. The blacksmith and printer will be practicing their trades too, just as they did in the 1840s.   Get your holiday shopping off to a good start at The Farmers' Museum Store.  You will find beautiful seasonal items and greeting cards in stock.   Original and reproduction 19th-century products such as ceramics, glassware, band boxes, tinware, brooms, candles, soaps, candies, toys and games can all be found in Todd's General Store in the museum's Historic Village. Stop by the Crossroads Café, located next to Bump Tavern, for fresh homemade soups and chili, hot drinks, and freshly baked goodies. Admission for the museum and its special Thanksgiving event: $10 adults, $9 seniors (age 65 and over), $5.50 children age 7-12, free for children 6 and under.  Also, members of the New York State Historical Association admitted free.  

 

###

 

For more information or images, please contact: Todd Kenyon, Communications Dept. New York State Historical Association Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers' Museum Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org About The Farmers' Museum As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, the Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers' Museum's outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.