School/Youth Programs

School and Youth Programs at the NH Farm Museum

The New Hampshire Farm Museum provides a hands-on, farm based  experience for students and youth groups exploring New Hampshire’s  history and agricultural heritage. Students can tour a working farm,  visit an 18th century farmhouse, make butter, feed chickens and explore  our barn in the variety of programs offered. Programs can also be  tailored to match specific learning goals and adapted to fit curriculum  and student interests.

The museum accepts school and youth group visits from May  through November. Visits can be scheduled Tuesday through Friday 9:00  am to 3:00 pm depending on the program.

The Ox-Cart Man: Farms & Families at Work


Program recommended for grades k-4. Offered May-early November. Cost $10 per child. 10 student minimum-60 maximum, Approx. 3 hours (plus lunch)


In this hands-on program based on NH poet Donald Hall’s story, The  Ox-Cart Man, children explore the way families lived and worked in the  past throughout rural New England. The students tour the 18th-century  farmhouse cape and learn about the roles of each member of the household  and how each was needed to make the family’s living. In gathering farm  products to bring to market, they learn about the artifacts and objects  of daily life in Colonial times. On their hunt through the barn they  search for many of the farm objects depicted in the story and learn  about barter and trade. Students make butter, meet our sheep, chickens,  and other farm animals, work with wool, learn about planting or  harvesting and help pack the ox-cart for the trip to Portsmouth.

Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: Rural Life & Technological/Agricultural Evolution

 Program recommended for students grades 3-8. Offered  May-early-November Cost $10 per child. 10 student minimum-60 maximum.  Approx. 3 hours (plus lunch)

The Jones Farmstead consists of a set of connected farm buildings  referred to in an old children’s rhyme as, “Big House, little house,  back house, barn.” Each piece of this connected farm structure tells a  different story about New Hampshire history from Colonial times to the  Twentieth century. In this hands-on program students learn about rural  life and technological and agricultural change in New England as they  tour the historic farmhouse, hunt for artifacts in the barn, and  participate in farm chores. Students will view “Hands to Work,” a short  film which uses oral histories and historic photographs of New Hampshire  farming. They will try farm chores like grinding corn, carrying water  with a yoke, and doing the wash. They will visit the farm animals and  make butter. This program can be used supplement lessons on the  transition from farms to factories as part of economic evolution or  adapted to fit a range of other learning goals.

Hands to Work Program for Pre-schoolers

 Program recommended for children ages 3-5 yrs. Offered May  through November. Cost: $8 per child. 10 student minimum- maximum: 25.  Approx. 2 hours. (plus lunch)

Children will learn all about the work on the farm and how the  children helped in this completely hands-on program for pre-schoolers.  They will grind the corn to feed the chickens, do the wash with washtub  and wringer, pump the water at the well, feel the wool from the sheep,  churn the cream to make butter, plant a seed or harvest the vegetables  depending on the season and explore the Big Yellow Barn to hunt for fun  things related to the farm.

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving on the Farm

Program recommended for children grades K – 5. Offered  November 1st through November 18th. Cost: $10 per child 10 student  minimum- maximum 45. Approx. 2 ½ hours (plus lunch)

New Hampshire has a special connection to Thanksgiving as it was our  own Sarah Josepha Hale who persuaded President Lincoln in 1863 to  declare it a National Holiday. Students will enjoy a tour through the  historic farmhouse with costumed roleplayers portraying the Civil War  Era. Then they will learn to grind and pound flint corn to make our  cornbread and to churn cream into butter for our bread and press apples  to make cider for us to drink. We will also explore the 104 ft. long  great barn on a special barn hunt and visit with our heritage breed  turkeys and other farm animals.

Planning Your Group Visit

School, homeschools, scouting or camp groups are all welcome  at the New Hampshire Farm Museum We need a minimum of 10 children or  $60. to run a program. 

Seasons on the Farm Program Program recommended for camp  & scouting & homeschool groups and suitable for a wide variety  of ages. Offered May through November. Approx. 2 ½ hours.


This program is focused on seasonal activities on the farm and is  very hands on and mostly outdoors. Every season includes visits with  farm animals and a barn hunt. Join us in springtime to make butter, work  with wool, plant in the gardens and visit the farm animals. In summer  we make ice cream, help with planting or harvesting, and take the trail  to the old family cemetery. In the fall we help with the harvest, press  apples to make cider, shell and grind the corn.

To Schedule Your Visit : Please call 603-652-7840 or email:

We recommend one chaperon per ten students. Chaperons or home school  parents are charged at half the student rate. There is no charge for  teachers, group leaders, counselors or bus drivers or children ages 3  and under.

In good weather students can pack a lunch to eat in our picnic area.  We have an outdoor handicapped accessible restroom/port-a-potty. We can  show students historic games like hoop rolling and graces for all to  play with during lunch. We welcome students to shop in our Country Store  if permitted during lunch break. The store contains many inexpensive  items, educational toys, juice and soda, penny candy and farm grown  produce and eggs.