Step back in time at the Farmers’ Museum In Cooperstown, New York, where history comes to life on this historic farm. And, since summer’s a great time to gather with family and friends for a cook-out’s and parties, why not explore the history of farming in New York, which happens to be the focus of a special exhibit at the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY.
New York’s rural history is the focus of the Farmers’ Museum, which took root in 1813 when it began as a working farm. The museum opened in 1944 with an impressive collection of 5,000 tools and objects gathered by the Otsego County Historical Society, William B. Sprague, founder of the Early American Industries Association, and the Wyckoff family, one of Brooklyn’s oldest farming families. Today, the Farmers’ Museum has over 23,000 artifacts that help tell the story of New York‘s rural history.
The Farmers’ Museum exhibition, “Farming’s New Era: From Field to Table in New York State” shares the intriguing history of farming throughout state. During your visit you’ll discover how changes in methods over time have allowed farms to be sustainable, efficient, viable and inter-connected.
The exhibit will focus on New York State products and crops, such as dairy, beef, apples and hops. Follow the stories of local farmers, who share stories about the journey of where, how, and why food is grown as well as how it enters stores and markets and makes its way to our plates.
After exploring the exhibit at the Farmers’ Museum head over to the Otesaga Resort Hotel’s Glimmerglass and Hawkeye Grill restaurants, where chefs use local ingredients from central New York State to create a diverse menu inspired by seasonal favorites.
Stop in at the Fly Creek Cider Mill sampling apple cider and local cheese. And, taste the outcome of New York State’s hops at one of Cooperstown’s noteworthy breweries that include Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown Brewing Company, Butternuts Beer & Ale and Council Rock Brewery.
The Cooperstown Farmers’ Museum offers engaging exhibits as well as special programming throughout the year. A highlight for many visitors are the annual events like the Step Back in Time Weekends that explore events in time like the Civil War.
In Mid-August, the Farmers’ Museum invites you to experience what life was like for the typical New York State Civil War soldier by interacting with three re-enacting units. The units include the 125th New York State Volunteer Infantry, the 61st NYSVI of New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania, and the 124th NYSVI or the Orange Blossoms, from Orange County N.Y.
During the Step Back in Time Weekend – Civil War you’ll discover a collection of Civil War memorabilia, numerous activities to join, drilling and musket firing demonstrations, as well as 19th century techniques and photographic processes that were most prevalent during the 1860’s presented by Photographer, Kevin Gray.
Join The Cooperstown’s Farmers’ Museum Harvest Festival
Mid September welcomes the annual Harvest Festival that features performers, artisans, and exhibitors. A favorite activity for families are the nineteenth-century games in the one-room schoolhouse, and a visit to the children’s Barnyard filled with rabbits, goats, and donkeys.
The Blue ribbon cloggers will take the stage and entertain guests, along with musicians over the weekend celebration. Visit with local craftsmen and women who will offer demonstrations on spinning and fiber art as well as Lace making, and other techniques. And, of course, there will be an abundance of fresh fall treats available to sample.
Are you afraid of scary noises in the dark? Gather your friends and family close when you join Things That Go Bump in the Night at the Farmers’ Museum beginning around the 3rd weekend in October. Listen to tales about a young ghost sighted by staff, unwanted guests in Bump Tavern, and the mysterious early morning strikes on the blacksmith’s anvil. There will be lots of fun and frightful activities to enjoy throughout the month as well.
Did you know that Cooperstown is also home to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Doubleday Field, where some say baseball was invented? A visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame is a must for every baseball fanatic. Explore the interactive exhibits and a collection of treasures from baseball’s glorious past and more!
Admission to some events at Farmers’ Museum is included with paid museum admission that is presently between $12.00 for adults and those 13 years of age and older, and $6.00 for children 7 to 12 years old. There is a discounted rate of $10.50 for seniors, and members of the New York State Historical Association. For full schedule of events, exhibits, and to learn more about the Farmers’ Museum visit their website.