Students on a field trip at Coggeshall Farm MuseumSet on 48 acres of coastal farmland in Bristol, Rhode Island, Coggeshall Farm Museum recreates the daily experience of tenant farmers on a late 18th-century salt marsh farm through live interpretation, historic structures, heirloom plants, and heritage-breed animals.

The dynamic living history environment is the perfect setting for field trips for students of all ages! Teachers have an option between guided tours or a self-guided visit. After your program, feel free to enjoy a picnic lunch on the farm! See below for program details.

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Tenant Farmhouse

Field Day

Designed for all ages, Pre-K through 12 

Celebrate 50 years of Coggeshall Farm Museum’s favorite activities with our all-ages Field Day program. Learn colonial games and sports in our pasture, try your hand at splitting and sawing wood, cook Johnny Cakes over our historic hearth, take a nature hike, meet our animals, help with seasonal chores, and learn 18th-century history with our interpreters. Perfect for large grade levels!

Field Day is our most flexible field trip option, typically lasting 2 hours. Please contact if you’d like to bring multiple grade levels or have specific requests.

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Our Big Backyard

Designed for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners 

In this approximately 1-hour program, students will experience a total feast for the senses as they explore our working living history farm museum. Meet our farm animals, search for wildlife, learn about maps, and use all five senses to discover our farmyard. Afterward, play or have a picnic lunch and enjoy the great outdoors.

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Citizen Kid

Designed for 1st and 2nd Grade Students

Children’s lives weren’t always fun and games!  At the turn of the 18th century, children throughout the newly independent country were rolling up their sleeves to become good citizens. On this two-hour field trip, students will learn about their own civic duty and the roles of children at the turn of the 18th century. Students will learn about the roles of children in keeping a family farm running, participate in classic school competitions, experience a newly democratic voting system, and yes– get a chance to kick back and relax with historic games.

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Strong Roots

Designed for 3rd Grade Students

Join Coggeshall Educators as we explore the natural ecosystems and habitats around us. Discover how plants, animals, and humans work together to create a rich and beautiful world and find out how we can be stewards of the earth starting in our own backyards. Through hands-on activities, learn how Coggeshall is answering the important question: What can farming from the past teach us about farming for our future? This program is approximately 2 hours long.

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Who Tells Your Story?

Designed for 4th and 5th Grade Students

Using primary sources, students will learn about the lives of three separate groups who lived in Bristol Harbor– Indigenous, Settlers, and Enslaved. After investigating the history of the Bristol slave trade and the Pokanoket tribe, students will have an opportunity to try their hands at some of the practical skills and lessons imparted by 18th-century writers. This program is approximately 2 hours. Due to the depth and scale of this program, we recommend this field trip for groups of less than 40 students per field trip. If you are able to split large grade levels into two separate days, please note it in the comments or email

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History Deep Dive

Designed for High School Students

Looking for supplemental learning for your class? Bring your students to Coggeshall for a deep dive into a variety of 18th-century topics. Learn from our historians on a 2-hour-long guided walking tour of our 1796 homestead.  Choose from the following subjects, or contact for specific topic requests:

Farming and the American Dream

Foodways and Culture

Textiles: From Sheep to Loom

Animal Care and Husbandry

Hearth and Home

Women’s Work

Untold History: The Bristol Slave Trade

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e-Civics - Virtual Curriculum: The Slave Trade and Abolition in Bristol, RI

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