Publication Date: 
June 2014

COOPERSTOWN, NY (06-06-2014) — The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown marks Independence Day on July 4 with historic sounds, fun, and learning. Come after local parades to hear the muskets blast with our Militia Muster and hear the Declaration of Independence read at 1:00 pm. The museum is open from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Meet local farmers from Middlefield Orchard, which grows apples, peaches, pears, and berries, as well as producing baked goods, jams, jellies, and honey products.

Artisans will demonstrate traditional blacksmithing, letterpress printing, and other trades during the day. At the Lippitt Farmstead, learn about life on the farm and delight in the baby animals at the Children’s Barnyard.

Just for fun, ride the Empire State Carousel and marvel at the Cardiff Giant. Enjoy traditional 19th century music performed by Katie Boardman throughout the day.

Saturday marks the beginning of dramatic interpretation at The Farmers’ Museum, with a focus on vignettes about the Anti-Rent War, a tenants’ revolt in upstate New York during the early 19th century.

On Sunday, July 6 at 2:00 pm, enjoy sketches and live music during the Hearth to Hearth old-time radio show, Cooperstown’s answer to A Prairie Home Companion. To learn more, visit

The museum is open July 4 and every day from 10:00 am–5:00 pm. Admission: Adults and juniors (ages 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, active-duty military and up to five family members are admitted free, through the Blue Star Museum program.

Press Release Contact: 

Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail:

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