Daily events are subject to change.
Center Meetinghouse Fall was the time for 19th century Agricultural Societies to hold a Cattle Show. Many shows also included an Exhibition of Domestic Manufacture. Today, we are recreating such a display. Please stop by to see an exhibition of vegetables, fruit, butter, cheese, and items of home manufacture such as handwoven cotton and woollen fabrics, knitted stockings and shawls, and fancy work. Village manufactured items such as shoes, tin, pottery, brooms, baskets, straw braid, and books will also be on display.
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Quakers in New England: Learn about the Society of Friends in the 1830s (in the Friends Meetinghouse).
11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Excerpts from letters by 19th century activist Sarah Grimke: Her response to concerns of women speaking in public in 1837 (in the Friends Meetinghouse).
12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. Aesops Fables and Other Stories: Stories for Children (in the Friends Meetinghouse).
Throughout the Day: See Gardeners at Work
(in the Gardens around the Common)
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Heirloom Apple Tasting
(in the Visitor Center)
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Help Harvest the Freeman’s Garden
(in the Freeman Garden)
11:00 a.m. 19th Century Root Cellars
(outside the Freeman Root Cellar)
1:00 p.m. Apple Orchard Tour (meets at the Cider Mill)
2:00 p.m. Renewing Soil Fertility
(in the Freeman Farm Garden)
3:00 p.m. Preparing the Garden for Winter
(in the Herb Garden)
Freeman Farm Fall is here at last, but the family’s work has only just begun. Learn about seasonal food and domestic work on a traditional, middling farm as we bring in the harvest, fill the root cellar, and rejoice in the bounty of the season.
Tin Shop Experience our Tinners creating authentic reproductions of household items made from tinned sheet iron.
Musket Demonstrations will happen at 1:00 p.m. Watch our interpreters load and fire a flintlock musket, near the Bullard Tavern.
On The Farm
Be sure and say hello to our visiting ox teams and drivers as they help bring in the harvest and turn the soil in preparation for the next season.
10:00-12:00 Harvesting Corn and Digging Potatoes
(at the Freeman Farm fields)
2:30 Try your hand at plowing (at the Freeman Farm fields)
3:30 Milking Demonstration (Freeman barnyard)
We offer two horse-drawn carryall rides (weather permitting), included with the price of admission, around the Village. Please note from 1:00 – 1:30 pm there are no Carryalls operating.
From 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:30 – 5:00 pm you can board behind the Bullard Tavern or in front of the Blacksmith Shop about every 20 minutes for a ride around the Mill pond.
From 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 – 5:00 pm you can board at the Asa Knight Store or the Miner Grant Store about every 45 minutes for a longer ride around the Common and Countryside.
New England on Parade
Learn about the long history of parades in this region, and their many purposes. Visit all 3 of the exhibitions’ locations in the Visitor Center, Countryside Gallery (indicated by “Cabinetmaking Exhibit” on the map), and Militia Exhibit.
Dining & Shopping
Bullard Café (on the Ground Floor)
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. full hot and cold menu available.
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. soups, sandwiches and beverages.
Scoop Shop 12:00 – 4:00 pm: Gifford’s ice cream.
Miner Grant Store & Bake Shop 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Stop in to buy our famous chocolate chip cookies and treats. Shop for Village-made wares, heirloom seeds, historical children’s toys and gifts, too!