Ever wish you could travel back in time to the 1800’s? At the Farmer’s Museum you can. When you visit the Farmer’s Museum, you’ll visit a village that is still living in the 19th century.
Located just a few miles north of Cooperstown on Rt. 80, The Farmer’s Museum was founded in 1943. It features building that have been gathered, relocated and restored from areas throughout New York State. Every building features historical views of life from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, along with volunteers and workers featuring how everyday living took place. Some buildings include the Dimmick House, Smith Morey Barn, Westcott Shop, Blacksmith Shop, Todd’s General Store, Bump Tavern, Printing Shop and Doctor’s Office. Also throughout The Farmer’s Museum, volunteers and workers perform the everyday activities of those that lived in the past. For example, in the Printing Shop, you will see how they used to print newspapers and wanted posters. And in the Blacksmith Shop, you will see how they used to make tools and horse shoes.
Throughout the year, The Farmer’s Museum puts on special weekends to celebrate each holiday. The Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, the museum puts on a special showing of Thanksgivings from the 1800’s. With reduced admittance, you can witness a traditional Thanksgiving complete with original type foods and cooking styles.
For Christmas, two special events take place. This year, on December 3 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM is ‘Shall We have Christmas?’ It is a one night only opportunity to witness the holiday season in the 1800’s. There will be a variety of activities taking place, including holiday gift-making, cooking and singing and socializing. Greeting cards will be printing in the print shop and the pharmacy will explain winter remedies for your ailments. Decorating will take place in the church, and each building will feature a reading from the local author Susal Fenimore Cooper, describing the life during 1840 Christmas in New York. December 10, 2011; the Open Candlelight Evening will take place. The museum walkways are lighted with candles, there will be a bonfire in the center of town and caroling will take place throughout the town, just as carolers would walk the roadways singing carols to the town folks.
Regular admissions are May through October, and range from $6.00 to $12.00, while giving free admission to active and retired military. There is limited admissions in the winter months, with the exception of the special events. The Farmers Museum does accommodate groups and school trips by reservations.