Coggeshall Farm Museum

Home and Hearth Workshops

candlemakingInterested in learning first-hand how people in the 18th century lived? Try your hand at hearthcooking, candlemaking, handsewing and other and other skills at a Coggeshall Farm Museum workshop.

We offer two-hour workshops for children, teens and adults. Family and mixed-age groups are also available. Attendees under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult, unless otherwise agreed to with Coggeshall Farm Museum.

Basket WEaving Workshops

Thanks to funding by Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Instructor Elwood Donnelly presents weaving techniques to the general public August 9, 16, and 18 from 10am - 4pm. In-depth workshop will take place October 25 and in November (date to be announced) from 12 - 4 pm. During workshops, students will learn basic basket weaving techniques while creating salt and pepper caddies to take home. Materials are provided. Registration is limited to five people per session and participants must be 14 years of age or older. Workshops are $55 for non members, $50 for members. For more information or to register email Eleanor Langham.


Seed Saving Workshop
Saturday, October 29, 2016, 10:00Am - 12:00pm

In partnership with the Bristol Health Equity Zone, Coggeshall Farm presents a seed saving garden workshop, from both historic and modern perspectives. Learn about the benefits of seed saving, methods of cultivating and storing heirloom seeds, and try your hand at collecting and processing seeds from an 18th century kitchen garden.

The workshop is free and open to the public.   
For more information or to register contact McKayla at m.hoffman@coggeshallfarm.org. 


November 19, 11am - 2pm 

This special hearth cooking workshop will feature harvest themed courses and is limited to 12 attendees. The meal will consist of 2 courses, each consisting of 3 "removes," or plates.

The workshop is $35 per person. For more information or to register contact Casey Duckett at c.duckett@coggeshallfarm.org.  



Daily Programming

We conduct hearthcooking demonstrations several days a week, and you can participate for the cost of regular admission. For information on our daily programming, visit our Events page.

Custom Workshops

Our Custom Workshops feature the topic of your choice and are scheduled at your convenience, for a minimum of four and a maximum of ten people. To schedule a workshop, email Casey Duckett or call 401-253-9062.

Most Custom Workshops run two hours. Hearthcooking workshops are three hours, depending on the topic selected.

  • Regular admission for two-hour workshops is $35. Members' admission: $25.
  • Regular admission for Hearthcooking and three-hour workshops is $45. Members' admission: $35.

The following workshops are available:



Make a complete meal and from scratch and share it with your friends or family in our 1799 farmhouse, or specialize in desserts, soups, breads or other specialties. Available year-round.

Candle Making

Learn how to make dipped candles from scratch using 18th-century methods. Experience each step of the process, from melting tallow to the several stages of dipping, and leave with your own hand-made candles. (Seasonal: Spring)

Lip Balms and Herbal Remedies

Learn how to make all-natural lip balms, salves and herbal remedies over the hearth, using oils, herbs and other ingredients that would have been available on an 18th-century farm. (Available year-round.)

Sewing Circle

Learn simple 18th-century hand stitching techniques and start your own take-home project, such as an apron or handkerchief you can wear to future events at Coggeshall.