Life on the Farm
The New Hampshire Farm Museum consists of two adjoining farmsteads, the Jones Farm and the Plummer Homestead. We have a collection of historic buildings and barns, including a blacksmith shop, a cobbler shop, a pole barn, a chicken coop, and the York Cider Mill, a beautiful, octagonal post and beam structure. The Jones farmhouse is an astounding 275 feet from one end to the other and includes a 104-foot barn that is filled with historic agricultural artifacts.
You can read the story of how the New Hampshire Farm Museum got its home here in Milton on our history page.
In addition to agricultural exhibits, displays, and collections, we’re also a working farm, keeping a selection of heritage breed farm animals and a variety of gardens on the property. While we keep the chickens year-round, the other animals come to live with us when the farm is open. In our off-season (right now), the animals all return to the local farms where they have families to care for them day in and out throughout the winter!
Animals at the farm include pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and cows. When we re-open in the spring, we’ll post photos and introductions, so everyone can know who's living at the farm. We may also give people the opportunity to “adopt” a farm animal!
The Farm Museum is situated on 50 acres of fields and forests on beautiful Plummer’s Ridge in Milton, New Hampshire. We maintain a variety of gardens on the property, including herb gardens, flower gardens, and a children’s garden for educational purposes. We also grow produce for the Farm Museum Country Store and the occasional speciality crop. For example, this past summer we grew flax for our Flax to Linen event!
The New Hampshire Farm Museum also has beautiful hiking trails! Our trail system connects with two other properties, creating the Plummer’s Ridge Forest and Farms Hiking Trails. This trail system is open to hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. A kiosk is located at the trailhead with maps.
Spend a day on the farm...
There’s so much to do!
- Learn about the history of farm life in New Hampshire.
- Tour the historic Jones Farm and Tavern.
- Explore our 104’ barn filled with farm implements, tools, wagons, and sleighs
- Meet our farm animals – cows, chickens, goats, sheep and pigs.
- Grind corn and feed our chickens.
- Explore our tractor and carriage barn.
- See Daniel Webster’s plow and Uncle Sam, the world’s longest sled!
- Explore acres of fields, forest, and hike our trails.
- Visit one of the largest apple trees in Strafford County (maybe the largest!)
- Go on the Great Yellow Barn Hunt – kids love it!
- Visit the York cider mill – a beautiful, octagonal timber built outbuilding
- Walk out to the old family cemetery.
- Shop for produce and locally made products in our Country Store.
- And, of course, join us throughout the year for special events, programs, and workshops.