The New Hampshire Farm Museum provides hands-on, farm-based experiences for students and youth groups exploring New Hampshire’s history and agricultural heritage. Students can experience a working farm, tour an 18th-century farmhouse, make butter, feed chickens, and explore our 104-foot barn of artifacts in a variety of programs. We are also happy to work with you! Programs can be tailored to match specific learning goals and adapted to fit your curriculum and student interests.

Schools, homeschoolers, Scouts, and camp groups are all welcome at the New Hampshire Farm Museum. With a minimum enrollment of just 10 students (or $100), we accept groups both big and small. Last spring, we successfully hosted a 350-student school group!

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Connecting with nature and learning the skills & knowledge of our rural past

Planning Your Visit

The New Hampshire Farm Museum offers school and youth programs between May and mid-November. Visits can be scheduled for any weekday between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm. To learn more about youth programming or to schedule your visit, call (603) 652-7840 or email us at nhfarmmuseum@outlook.com.

PROGRAM COST & SIZE
Program cost is $10 per student. We need a minimum of 10 children or $100 in order to run a program. We recommend that you have one adult chaperone (teacher/parent/group leader) per ten students.

We offer free entry to two chaperones for the first 15 students and one free chaperone entry for each additional 15 students. One-on-one aides and bus drivers are always free. Additional adults will be charged the standard participant fee of $10.

PICNIC LUNCH
In good weather, students can pack a lunch to eat in our picnic area. We can also show students historic games like hoop rolling and the game of graces for all to play during lunch!

VISITING THE MUSEUM STORE
If permitted, students are welcome to shop in the Farm Museum Country Store during their lunch break! The store contains many fun, inexpensive items including educational toys, juice and soda, penny candy, farm-grown produce, and eggs.

FACILITIES
We have an outdoor, handicapped accessible port-a-potty restroom available on the grounds.


Program Descriptions & Details

All programs can be tailored to match specific learning goals and adapted to fit your curriculum and student interests.

The Ox-Cart Man: Farms & Families at Work

AGE GROUP – Program recommended for grades K–4 • DATES – Offered May through early November
PROGRAM SIZE – 10 student minimum, 60 maximum • LENGTH – Approx. 3 hours (plus time for lunch)

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

Did you know? New Hampshire poet Donald Hall was a great friend and supporter of the New Hampshire Farm Museum!

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

AGE GROUP – Program recommended for grades 3–8 • DATES – Offered May through early November
PROGRAM SIZE – 10 student minimum, 60 maximum • LENGTH – Approx. 3 hours (plus time for lunch)

Like many historic New England farmhouses, the Jones Farmstead consists of a set of connected farm buildings that were built over time. Referred to in an old children’s rhyme as, “big House, little house, back house, barn,” each piece of the connected farm structure tells a different story about New Hampshire history from the Colonial Era to the twentieth century.

In this hands-on program, students will 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 the short film, Hands to Work, which uses oral histories and historic photographs to tell the history of New Hampshire farming. Students will have the opportunity to 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 to 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 Preschoolers

AGE GROUP – Program recommended for children ages 3–5 years • DATES – Offered May through November
PROGRAM SIZE – 6 student minimum, 12 maximum • LENGTH – Approx. 2 hours (plus time for lunch)

Every member of the family had work to do on the farm, and children played a very important role! In this completely hands-on program for preschoolers, children will learn all about work on the farm and how children helped their families.

Children will grind corn to feed the chickens, do the wash with a washtub and wringer, pump water at the well, feel the wool from the sheep, churn cream to make butter, and plant a seed or harvest vegetables depending on the season. We will also explore the Big Yellow Barn, with the children hunting for fun items related to farm life.

This program is a wonderful experience for young children, not only connecting them with nature, but giving them a real sense of purpose and importance as they feel the satisfaction of learning new skills, being a part of the farm, and a hard day’s work!

Seasons on the Farm Program

AGE GROUP – Suitable for a wide variety of ages • DATES – Offered May through November
PROGRAM SIZE – 10 student minimum, 60 maximum • LENGTH – Approx. 2 ½ hours

Recommended for camp, scouting, and homeschool groups, this program changes with every season, allowing kids to learn about and experience the farm at different stages of the year. This program is very hands-on and mostly outdoors as the children participate in seasonal activities at the farm.

Every season will include visits with the 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 and 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 of the season.

Some groups do this program more than once in the year, allowing the kids to experience the full cycle of the year from planting to harvest.

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving on the Farm

AGE GROUP – Program recommended for children grades K–5 • DATES – Offered November 1st through November 18th
PROGRAM SIZE – 10 student minimum, 60 maximum • LENGTH – Approx. 2 ½ hours (plus time for lunch)

New Hampshire has a special connection to Thanksgiving! It was our own New Hampshire native, Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, who persuaded President Lincoln to declare the fourth Thursday in November a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1863, right in the middle of the Civil War.

At our old-fashioned Thanksgiving, children will enjoy a tour though the historic Jones farmhouse. As they move through the house, they will meet costumed roleplayers portraying a Civil War Era family preparing to celebrate their first National Thanksgiving Day. Students will then learn how to grind and pound flint corn to make cornbread, churn cream into butter for our bread, and press apples to make cider for everyone to share. We will also explore the 104-foot great barn on a special barn hunt, and we’ll take some time to visit with our heritage breed turkeys and the other farm animals.

To schedule a visit or inquire about youth programming, call (603) 652-7840 or email nhfarmmuseum@outlook.com.

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