Publication Date: 
November 2013
Press Release Category: 
Program and Event Press Releases
Press Release Contact: 

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

Thanksgiving at the Farm
November 29-30, 2013, from 10:00 am–4:00 pm

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. Discover how rural New Yorkers celebrated Thanksgiving in the 1840s when The Farmers' Museum re-opens its doors on the Friday and Saturday following the holiday: November 29 and 30 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Farmers' Museum is the ideal setting to spend time with family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Visitors will see traditional Thanksgiving foods prepared over the open hearth at the rustic Lippitt Farmhouse. Look in on the heritage-breed turkeys and take part as they are herded across the tavern green. Participate in chores on the farm and admire Red and Rusty, our team of oxen in training.

Ride the Empire State Carousel, or just enjoy a peaceful walk around the museum's historic village. You can also learn about unusual 19th-century digestive medicines as they are created at Dr. Thrall's Pharmacy. The blacksmith and printer will be practicing their trades too, just as they did in the 1840s. 

Beautiful holiday items and greeting cards are in stock at The Farmers' Museum Store. Original and reproduction 19th-century products such as ceramics, glassware, band boxes, tinware, brooms, candles, soaps, candies, toys and games can all be found in Todd's General Store in the museum's Historic Village.

Stop by the Crossroads Café, located next to Bump Tavern, for fresh homemade soups and chili, hot drinks, and freshly baked goodies.

Admission for the museum and its special Thanksgiving event: $10 adults, $9 seniors (age 65 and over), $5.50 children age 7-12, free for children 6 and under.  Also, members of the New York State Historical Association admitted free.