Preschool Tuesdays is a program offered on Tuesdays at 10:00AM at The Farmers’ Museum June through October. It is free with paid admission and for our members. The morning typically starts with planned activities such as Storytime in the Schoolhouse, Farm Animal Encounters, or immersive experiences in the new Children’s Sensory Garden. This is followed by plenty of opportunities for family-guided exploration of age-appropriate activities in staffed buildings and playful discovery in the new Grow & Learn Center. New activities are continually being introduced to the program.
Sleepy Hollow Trick or Treat
On Saturday, October 26, 2019, The Farmers’ Museum offered its second Sleepy Hollow themed Trick-or-Treat event. We had beautiful weather and were happily overrun with costumed children enjoying the safety of trick or treating within the controlled environment of The Farmers’ Museum. Families experienced Washington Irving’s iconic story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” as actors portrayed primary characters including Ichabod Crane in the School House, Katrina Van Tassel in More House and Brom Bones in Bump Tavern. These characters provided activities, puzzles, and clues that lead children and their families through the museum grounds until they finally met the infamous Headless Horseman in the village graveyard.
Children trick or treated at several buildings in the Historic Village staffed by museum interpreters and decorated with carved pumpkins and festive scarecrows.
The actors, as well as our regular historical interpreters, handed out candy to children in a variety of locations. This year we had 370 children and 571 adults who came out to enjoy the event, which was free to the public.
New Daily Programming
In 2019 The Farmers’ Museum introduced several new daily programs to the schedule. On Sundays at 11:00AM and 2:00PM, aspiring and veteran gardeners alike could consult with Patrick MacGregor, our garden expert, as he imparted his wisdom and shared trade secrets during the program Nature’s Knowledge. Wednesdays at 11:00AM and 2:00PM there was a program called Homestead Helpers where you could learn, discuss, and explore a number oftopics related to setting up and operating your own homestead on whatever size plot you have. Topics included vegetable gardening, harvesting and preserving, rainwater collecting, and raising animals to maintain your meat supply.
Also new for 2019 were cooking demonstrations in Bump Tavern on our refurbished 1870s cast iron cook stove. Visitors could learn how this revolutionary cooking method transformed many of the techniques used in food preparation in the 19th century. Throughout the season there were a variety of demonstrations, from brewing coffee to making fresh-baked maple cake.