What exactly is a farm museum?
Located on fifty sprawling acres of land in Milton, New Hampshire, The New Hampshire Farm Museum is a non-profit organization that consists of two adjoining farmsteads with plenty to see. The farm museum has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was originally built in the late 18th century. It is home to a wide array of preserved historic artifacts, heirloom garden vegetables and fruits, specialty workshops, guided tours, places to explore on one’s own, livestock and many other attractions. Visiting the museum is quite like stepping back in time. You can watch a blacksmith sharpening his tools, watch farmers till soil with antique equipment, bear witness to farmers shearing sheep and plenty more!
What can I do at the farm?
Here is a bulleted list of things to see while visiting the farm museum:
- The Great Barn: In the Great Barn is a vast collection of antique farm equipment, tools, machinery and other odds and ends that were used to build up the farm. This 104 foot tall structure is one that you can explore all on your own without a guided tour.
- The Jones Farmhouse: This building was constructed in parts as early as the 1770s all the way up to the early 1900s. It has a Victorian parlor and dining room with a huge farm-style kitchen, an extensive collection of New England artifacts and domestic items that seek to showcase “Yankee ingenuity.” This is by guided tour only at specific hours.
- The Plummer Homestead: Unfortunately, this building is not open to the public, but it does open on occasion for special events, readings, lectures and scheduled private viewing tours. It serves now as the farmer’s residence.
- The Blacksmith Shop: This is one of the more popular attractions at the farm museum. It shows how farmers used to learn blacksmithing skills so that they could repair their broken tools or craft new ones. Shops like this were essential to farmers who could not waste time waiting for new parts to arrive when the crops needed to be sewn and the day’s work needed to be completed. There are usually live demonstrations on Saturdays.
- The Shoe Shop: This is a tiny shoe shop factory that was built around 1870.
- The Pole Barn Tractor and Carriage Display: This shows a collection of historic vehicles used at the farm over the centuries.
- The Forest Trails: There are more than 50 acres of trails through the forests and fields to explore. Just make sure you grab a map so you won’t become lost!
- The John York Cider Mill: This is an amazing building that showcases apple cider production dating back to the early 19th century. It even has an enormous horse-powered mill!
For planned events and other special dates, please refer to the museum’s calendar for more details: Farm Museum Calendar.