blacksmithing-weekend-press.jpgBlacksmithing: Art of Iron and Fire 

Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4, 2013, from 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Cooperstown, N.Y. - Hear the bellows blow and watch hot iron worked by hammer at Blacksmithing Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4 at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown. Families, scout groups, amateur blacksmiths, and anyone interested in seeing traditional craftspeople at work are invited to enjoy a day with us at the museum. Activities throughout the historic village and farmstead will captivate everyone. Demonstrating traditional tool and hardware making, blacksmiths working on three forges will show the versatility of the blacksmith's craft. Visiting blacksmiths set up a forge outside on the Village Green complementing those in the 1827 Field Blacksmith Shop. Fun awaiting families includes talking to the farrier as Zeb the horse gets new shoes. Children can experience "blacksmithing" with clay. Families can take a class to build a wooden toolbox with forged nails and locally sourced wood! All Step Back in Time Weekends are held at the museum from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Entry is included in the museum admission: Adults and juniors (13-64): $12.00; seniors (65+): $10.50; youth (7-12): $6.00; children (6 and under): Free. NYSHA members are always admitted free, as are active-duty and retired career military.   Through Labor Day 2013, active-duty military and up to five family members are free, through the Blue Star Museum program.  Visit for more information.


For more information or images, please contact: Todd Kenyon, Public Relations New York State Historical Association Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers' Museum Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail:   


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.