Animals are an important part of Coggeshall Farm Museum! Currently, the farm features free-range dunghill fowl, large black pigs, and – of course – cats!

Pigs | Courtesy of our Friends at Gnarly Vines Farm

Gnarly Vines Farm has been an important ally in the 2020 season at Coggeshall Farm. Gnarly Vines Farm is leading our pasture rejuvenation project, particularly with the use of their animals. This year, however, they stepped up and loaned Coggeshall heritage breed pigs for our historic agriculture demonstration. Through the efforts and collaboration of Gnarly Vines and Coggeshall Farm, we are able to help keep heritage breeds alive and viable for the future. Additionally, Gnarly Vines Farm’s generosity has given us some very friendly and photogenic pigs for guests to meet.


Most households kept chickens of no particular breed, collectively referred to as ‘Dunghill Fowl.’  They survived well by foraging, even in the winters. Though they didn’t produce a lot of meat, families rarely ate chicken, so their ability to produce eggs and survive was more important.


Several sheep from Old Sturbridge Village‘s Gulf Coast Native / Merino flock now call Coggeshall Farm Museum home! This breed of sheep is known for its very fine wool. At certain times of year, guests can see the wool textile process, from picking and carding to dyeing and spinning to weaving and sewing.


Visitors have loved seeing the cats of Coggeshall Farm Museum for years! Coggeshall Farm Museum is currently home to Hobbes.