On November 27, 2015

Celebrate a late 19th century Thanksgiving at Billings Farm & Museum

Courtesy of Billings Farm & Museum

Billings Farm staff Pam Arel and Caroline Shepard preparing a late 19th century Thanksgiving meal in the kitchen of the 1890 Farm House.

Nov. 27-29 — WOODSTOCK — Billings Farm & Museum, gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage, will be open for Thanksgiving Weekend, Friday- Sunday, Nov. 27 – 29  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The weekend will feature traditional cooking demonstrations in the farmhouse, horse-drawn wagon rides, farm tours, “Introduction to Milking” and “Milking the Herd” programs and hands-on food preparation and preservation activities.

Visitors will be welcomed to Frederick Billings’ farmhouse, where farm manager George Aitken and his family lived and worked from 1890 to 1910. Visit with costumed interpreters as they demonstrate preparing traditional Thanksgiving fare in the kitchen. Relax in the Victorian parlor and learn how our American Thanksgiving traditions have evolved. Enjoy a cup of hot cider before boarding the wagon pulled by a team of draft horses for a ride around the farm.

In the education room, hands-on activities for all ages include “making the perfect piecrust” and peeling apples for drying.

The Billings Farm & Museum is located one-half mile north of the Woodstock village green on Vermont Route 12. Admission is $14 for adults; $13 for age 62 and over; $8 for ages 5-15; $4 for ages 3-4; and free to those age 2 and under. Call 802-457-2355 for activities and programs and a list of seasonal events, or visit the museum’s web site, www.billingsfarm.org.

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