Thanksgiving at the Farm

Friday and Saturday, November 28-29, 2014 from 10:00 am–4:00 pm

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (11/10/2014) — Discover how rural New Yorkers celebrated Thanksgiving in the 1840s when The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown re-opens its doors on the Friday and Saturday following the holiday: November 28 and 29 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Farmers’ Museum is the ideal setting to spend time with family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday.

You will see traditional Thanksgiving foods prepared over the open hearth at the rustic Lippitt Farmhouse. Look in on the heritage-breed turkeys and take part as they are herded across the tavern green. Participate in chores on the farm and admire Red and Rusty, our team of oxen in training.

Ride the Empire State Carousel, or just enjoy a peaceful walk around the museum’s historic village. You can also learn about unusual 19th-century digestive medicines as they are created at Dr. Thrall’s Pharmacy. The blacksmith and printer will be practicing their trades too, just as they did in the 1840s.

Beautiful holiday items and greeting cards are in stock at The Farmers’ Museum Store. Intriguing items based on the history and culture of New York and rural America. Visit a special section that supports small New York State businesses. At Todd’s General Store,  find items from our region’s past that you can’t find anywhere else, many made here at the museum!

Stop by the Crossroads Café, located next to Bump Tavern, for fresh homemade soups and chili, hot drinks, and freshly baked goodies.

Admission for the museum and its special Thanksgiving event: $12 adults (13-64), $10.50 seniors (65+), $6 juniors (7-12), children 6 and younger and members of the New York State Historical Association admitted free.

For more information or images, please contact:

Todd Kenyon, Director of Marketing
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail:

About The Farmers’ Museum

As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, the Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers’ Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.