Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Quieter July 4th festivities planned at Billings Farm

WOODSTOCK— Picnic outdoors, visit the farm animals, play outdoor games and hear historic speeches as Billings Farm & Museum spreads its annual Old Vermont July 4th celebrations over three days.

Enjoy an easy hike along the walking trail by the Ottauquechee River and see the farm from a different view. Tour the new Heifer Barn with its state-of-the-art features such as climate-controlled curtains and ventilation. Explore the farm life exhibits and learn about 19th century farming and domestic life.

Families can take the story walk along the pasture fences and partake in traditional games like hopscotch. Visit the gardens and see the Sunflower Garden in its infancy. Bring a blanket and have your picnic lunch on the grounds while taking in the scenic views of the Jersey cows, sheep and horses in the pastures.

The Dairy Bar will reopen to serve ice cream for the holiday weekend. Due to Covid-19 safety precautions, some traditional events, such as historic baseball, will not take place this year and the barns and 1890 Farm Manager’s House will be closed to the public. The Billings Farm & Museum site will be limited to a maximum capacity of 225 people. For more about visiting Billings Farm safely and to learn which spaces are open, visit

On July 3 and July 4, join online at Billings Farm at Home ( to view readings of historical speeches and find fireworks crafts to make at home.

The Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation Inc., a charitable non-profit institution.  Billings Farm & Museum is committed to providing educational opportunities and experiences to our visitors, whether here in Woodstock or at home wherever you are through online resources at Billings Farm at Home. Visit, and  find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Visit Thursdays-Mondays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: adults: $16; 62 & over: $14; children 5-15: $8; 3-4: $4; 2 & under: free.  The Farm & Museum is located ½-mile north of the Woodstock village green on Vermont Route 12.  For information call 802-457-2355 or visit

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