Farmers' Museum

Frederick Douglass' "History is a Weapon" Speech

Frederick Douglass Speeches
Tuesday, July 4 at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 15 at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 5 at 1:00 p.m. 
On the Leatherstocking Stage
Join us on select dates over the summer, as a member of our Templeton Players performs Frederick Douglass’ riveting speech on the African American’s struggle for acceptance and dignity in America.

Included with museum admission.

Box and Cox Trunk Shows

Box and Cox Trunk Shows
Saturdays and Sundays, June 3 - September 10 • 12:00-1:30 pm on the Tavern Green

The Farmers’ Museum stages a trunk show featuring the popular comedy Box and Cox, written in England by John Maddison Morton in 1847.  The New York Times called it “the best farce of the nineteenth century.”  The play features some of the best performers in the region and is included with museum admission!


Workshop: Fragrant Waters and Essences

Workshop: Fragrant Waters and Essences
Saturday, November 4 • 10:00 am–1:00 pm 

Discover how to make your own essences and fragrant waters like at Dr. Thrall’s pharmacy! Infuse lavender, rose, vanilla, lemon and many more to flavor your desserts – these home-made extracts make great gifts, too! You will make your own fragrant waters to take home, learn the various techniques required for different plants, and the possible uses for your essences.

Location: Creamery Classroom

Workshop: Hot Frame Gardening

Workshop: Hot Frame Gardening
Saturday, April 14 • 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Jump-start your garden with this ancient technique that can beat the late winter cold! You will first construct your own 3 ft x 2 ft frame to take home, then learn how to set it up by working on the hot frames in our historic gardens. We’ll even send you home with a hand-picked variety of heirloom seeds and seedlings to get started right away!

 Location: Creamery Classroom / Lippitt Farmstead garden

Introduction to Blacksmithing

Workshop: Introduction to Blacksmithing
Saturday, March 24 • 10:00 am-3:00 pm           

This is an introductory class geared toward people who are interested in beginning to learn about the art of blacksmithing.  Participants will learn how to build a fire in the forge, heat metal, twist, cut, and bend while using the traditional tools and methods of a blacksmith.  Participants will craft and take home an item such as an S-hook or letter opener.  This class is for participants 14 and older.

Location: Field Blacksmith Shop

Teacher Appreciation Day

Teacher Appreciation Day
Sunday, April 2, 10:00-4:00 pm

Teachers are invited to visit The Farmers' Museum without students for a day to learn more about the programs and resources available to teachers. Teacher Appreciation Days are a time for the The Farmers' Museum to say "Thank you!" to our school educators. Pre K-12 educators are admitted free with valid ID or proof of educator status. Guests are admitted at the regular admission rate. For questions, call (607) 547-1461.

Workshop: Balms & Salves

Workshop: Balms & Salves
Saturday, March 24, 2018 • 10:00–2:00 pm

Stock your medicine cabinet with a variety of home-made remedies for everyday ailments – bruises, cuts, burns or sore muscles – all made from natural products! Learn about the properties of plants, from the back yard as well as from the spice rack, and how to make tinctures, extracts, balms, salves and rubs, then make your own to take home. It’s a cheap, natural and fun alternative to a trip to the pharmacy!

Location: Creamery Classroom