Sept. 25-26 — WOODSTOCK — Billings Farm & Museum will feature its annual autumn Wagon Ride Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25-26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Capture the beauty of a Vermont autumn on a ride around the farm fields.
Enjoy different views of the farm’s scenic landscape with a 10-minute tractor-drawn wagon ride through the pastures or a 10-minute horse-drawn wagon ride. Hop aboard a narrated 20-minute tractor-drawn wagon ride and learn more about the landscape and the farm’s history. Each wagon ride features a different route. Ride one or all three! No reservations are necessary. However, visitors are required to wear masks on the wagon and in the boarding line.
Additional hands-on activities and demonstrations for all ages are offered on both days:
- See butter churning demonstrations
- Try the pedal tractor obstacle course for kids.
- Make a popsicle stick horse craft.
- Watch harvest-themed recipe demonstrations in the Learning Kitchen and sample butternut squash gnocchi and pumpkin bread.
- Families can stroll along the pasture fences and follow the children’s story walk “Before We Eat: From Farm to Table.”
As part of their visit, guests can tour the barns and meet the farm animals, and take a self-guided tour of the 1890 Farm Manager’s House. Guests can also learn about the Vermont’s rural history in the Farm Life exhibits.
A bonus for event attendees is Voices from the Land, a photography exhibit by Jim Westphalen hosted by Billings Farm & Museum and on display through Oct. 20. Traveling through Vermont, we might assume rural beauty to be commonplace. But what do we “see” when we pass an old barn or outbuilding? In this exhibit of 22 stunning, large-format photographs by celebrated Vermont photographer Jim Westphalen, each picture tells a story, through indelible images of rural structures and landscapes of Vermont.
Enjoy hot and cold local cider and cider donuts for sale at the Dairy Bar as well as Vermont made ice cream, snacks, and Billings Farm cheddar.
On Sunday, Trail Break Taps and Tacos, from White River Junction, will be on site with their food truck from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. serving a variety of tacos, chips and salsa, and Jarritos Mexican sodas. Guests will also enjoy the beer garden featuring draft beer and margaritas. Admission to Billings Farm & Museum is required.