Coggeshall Farm Museum


To Everything, There Is a Season

December 1, 2015

By Cindy Elder
Executive Director, Coggeshall Farm Museum

We have reveled in a gentle autumn, yet memories of winter quicken the pace. Tasks that must be done before the snow falls climb quickly to the top of our to-do list. Light clothing soon will give way to heavy cloaks, hats and mittens.

At Coggeshall Farm Museum, we are blessed to be touched intimately by the seasons as we do our daily work. Drawing from Ecclesiastes, I give you the seasons, seen through the lens of our 18th-century living history farm.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Saro with Patience


A time to be born,

Mary and Lamb


and a time to die;



a time to plant,

Saro and Connie Planting


and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

Storytime Kids with Squash


A time to kill, and a time to heal;

Winter scene by Jeff Weinstein


a time to break down, 

Cheese House Before


 and a time to build up;

Eric on Cheese House


A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

staff group at hearth


a time to mourn, and a time to dance;



A time to cast away stones,

Fence Sheila Lynds



and a time to gather stones together;

RWU Volunteers


a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

Charles and Roberta 


A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

Kids throwing hoops


A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

McKayla at window


A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Red Coat


And also every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

 Hasbro Hearthcooking


All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

 black and white fence

From all of us at Coggeshall Farm Museum, we wish you the joy of fully experiencing the seasons with your loved ones.

Our thanks to photographers Caitlin Brown, Mark Dieterich, Jeff Fox, Cathy Kaiser, Sheila Lynds, Saro Schwarzkopf and Jeff Weinstein for contributing their work to this blog.


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