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
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.