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Billings Farm and Museum  

802.457.2355


Perhaps the premier attraction in the Woodstock area is the Billings Farm and Museum. It has been serving the public for over 20 years. The museum, which is a working dairy farm, is dedicated to telling the story of Vermont's rural heritage.

The farm continues the tradition of agricultural excellence begun by Frederick Billings (1871), and continued by Mary French and Laurance Rockefeller.

A 15 minute walk from the house - A must see for anyone visiting the area!

 

 

Sleigh Rides at Billing Farm in the Winter

Wagon Ride at Billing Farm in the Summer

(Open Daily 5/1 - 10/31 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

 

Spring and Summer Programs
2011 / 2012


APRIL 30TH & MAY 1ST

Spring Farm Festival

Opening of the 29th season. A weekend of traditional
spring activities, highlighted by sheep shearing
and teams of horses and oxen plowing in the fields.
Visitor plowing with the Billings' team, wagon rides, and
hands on programs. The Teago Volunteer Fire
Department will provide lunch - all proceeds benefit
the department.

MAY 28th and 29th

Cows & Camembert Weekend

Get a tase of Vermont's distinctive dairyy heritage
by sampling and pruchasing delicious Vermont cheeses
presented by the cheese makers themselves; dairy
education programs, ice cream and butter making.


JULY 4TH

Old Vermont 4th

A traditional celebration for all.featuring the reading of the
Declaration of Independence, historic debates, wagon
rides, makeing 1890 flags, a spelling bee, the egg toss,
and lots more.

JULY 5

Time Travel Tuesdays

Try your hand, with late 19th-century chores and pastimes in the famhouseand
stay as long as you like. There's plenty of work and Fun for every age!

JULY 6 - SEPTEMBER 28th

Wagon Ride Wednesdays

Horse-drawn wagon rides featured each Wednesday
from 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M..

JULY 15TH - OCTOBER 14TH

Foodways Fridays

Turnip custard, Flemish carrots, and potato scones .. Discover how we use seasonal
produce from our heirloom garden. A new historic recipe each week

JULY 17TH

National Ice Cream Day

Help make four flavors of ice cream as we celebrate "the great American desert"

JULY 30TH - SEPTEMBER 25TH

Quilting Expositon

This juried exhibition of quilts made in Windsor County will feature quilts
hung in previous shows over the past 25 years. Quilting demonstrations and
program for children and adu1t.

JULY Y 30TH & JULY 31ST

Opening weekend

Quilting programs, informal workshops for beginners, plus activities for all ages.
Meet Windsor County's talented quilters as they discuss their most recent work.

AUGUST 7TH

Antique Tractor Day

A range of tractors dating from the 1930s to the 1960s, displayed and described by the ftilks
who restored them. The tractor parade at 1:00 P.M. includes interesting historical and
background information. Tractor-drawn wagon rides and tractor activities for
children. Lunch prepared by the Teago Voludteer Fire.Department,
all proceeds benefit the department.

SEPTEMBER 3rd,10th, & 24th


Traditional Craft Saturdays. Explore traditional crafts and learn about
their history, process, and use from experienced crafters.

October 1 & 2

Pumpkin & Apple Celebration

A Top 10 Fall Event! A harvest of hands-on programs highlight these two
essential fall crops: apple tasting, pumpkin displays, cider pressing,
apples-on-a-string, pumpkin ice cream, cooking apple butter
in the farmhouse, and more.

OCTOBER 8 & 9

Harvest Weekend
Celebrate the Vermont harvest with a traditional husking bee and barn dance; cider pressing, harvesting root vegetables, putting food by, and more; spiced cider
and homemade doughnuts.

OCTOBER 15 & 16

Wagon Ride Weekend


Narrated wagon rides around the farm fields during the height of fall
foliage; farm programs and activities.

OCTOBER 30

A Family Halloween

A fun celebration for all ages! Doughnuts­on-a-string, pumpkin carving, Halloween
tales, wagon rides, and more. Costume parades at 12:00 and 2:00 P.M.
Children in costume admitted free when
accompanied by an adult.

Late Fall and Winter Programs
2011 / 2012

NOVEMBER 5th & 6th; 12th & 13th; 19th & 20th

November Wagon
Ride Weekends

Enjoy a wagon ride and visit the dairy farm, farmhouse, and farm life exhibits
during late Ml, when the brilliance of foliage has softened and the weather is still pleasant; programs and activities.

NOVEMBER 25th-27th

Thanksgiving Weekend

The tradition of celebratory feasts for a bountiful harvest spans cultures,
continents, and millennia. Discover how Thanksgiving was observed in the
1890 Farm House at the Billings Farm - preparations; menu, and
entertainment - and the enormous effort required to harvest the
fall crops. Harvest and food preservation activities for every age;

DECEMBER 9th, 10th,
& 11th

Wassail Weekend

Visit the decorated 1890 Farm House and create a holiday ornament to take
home.Saturday: traditional music at noon.Sunday: sleigh or wagon rides.
Christmas at the Farm

DECEMBER WEEKENDS

DECEMBER 26TH — JANUARY 1
ST

Learn how Christmas was celebrated in late 19th-century Vermont in the festively-decorated farmhouse and linger in the warm kitchen as holiday treats are baked in the woodstove. Holiday programs and making historic ornaments. Don't miss
a winter viit to the farm. Dec. 26-Jan. 1: sleigh or wagon rides.

JANUARY & FEBRUARY WEEKENDS

Visit the Jersey herd, draft horses, oxen, and sheep - inside for the winter
and tour the restored and furnished 1890 Farm House.A Place
in the Land,
our Academy Award® nominee film is shown in the recently‑
renovated theater.


JANUARY 14-16


Sleigh Ride Weekend Sleigh rides, jack jumper sledding; dairy farm
and restored farmhouse.


 
What you'll encounter on your visit:

Jersey Dairy Farm

 

1890 Farm House

 

"Upon this land" Exhibit

 

VT Farm life Exhibits

 

Theater

 

Films and Audio

 

 

Click links below for

   

BFM Calendar of Events

   

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