Whether you enjoy major festivals or prefer the intimate experience of a hearthcooking workshop, you'll find something that's just the right fit for you, your family and your friends.
Coggeshall Farm Museum is currently closed for the 2018-2019 winter season, but there is still a lot of activity happening!
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The roof on our historic farmhouse is currently being replaced to ensure its future as an engaging space where visitors can step back in time and experience how farmers lived in the late 1700s. The roof replacement is being done using historically-appropriate techniques by Charles E. Millard Contractors of Bristol. Thanks to the project’s generous funders at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, The Champlin Foundation, The 1772 Foundation, and the Felicia Fund!
Wondering where the sheep have gone? CFM is preparing for an exciting project building a new animal barn, which will be a big improvement for both the animals and our visitors. Work on the barn will begin this spring and is due to wrap up in the fall.
Meanwhile, our sheep have gone to live with a family in VT where they will be a therapy flock for the family’s autistic son. Once the barn project is complete, a friendly new group of animals will join us to help engage another generation of visitors and continue the hands-on learning for which Coggeshall is so well known.
Opening Reception: Friday March 22, 2019 6pm - 8pm | On View: Friday, March 22 - Sunday, April 28, 2019 | Bristol Art Museum | 10 Wardwell Street, Bristol, RI 02809
A group exhibition at the Bristol Art Museum curated by Mary Dondero, Seeds of Inspiration will feature works by several artists working in a variety of media. The exhibition will include a display of historic tools from the Tim Bornstein Collection on loan from Coggeshall Farm Museum. Local Bristol artist, Kendall Reiss will display ongoing material research pertaining to her most recent project - using a cast iron plumb bob mold on loan from the Bornstein collection to cast a set of bells, which will be permanently installed at Coggeshall Farm in June 2019.
Sunday, April 14, 2019 | 2pm - 3pm | Bristol Statehouse | 240 High Street, Bristol, RI 02809
Local Bristol artist, Kendall Reiss will discuss ongoing research pertaining to her most recent project - using a cast iron plumb bob mold on loan from the Tim Bornstein Collection of Historic Tools to cast a set of bells, which will be permanently installed at Coggeshall Farm in June 2019. Participants will have the unique opportunity to handle historic tools from the Bornstein collection and ask questions of the artist, about her work and process.
This artist talk and interactive study of historic tools is supported by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
Lecture is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
June 22, 2019 | 11am - 5pm | Coggeshall Farm Museum | 1 Colt Drive, Bristol, RI 02809
Join local Bristol artist, Kendall Reiss as she works to forge a set of hammers on the antique forging set up in the blacksmith shop at Coggeshall Farm Museum, as the final component of her ongoing project, Plumbing the Depths. The hammers will be used as strikers for a number of bronze bells that Reiss will install permanently into the landscape at Coggeshall Farm Musuem in early June 2019. Visitors who come to Coggeshall for this day-long workshop will be given a small booklet for recording their observations, as a way to inspire close looking through investigation, to make connections between the historic and contemporary use of tools, and to compare and question the value of functional objects.
This workshop is supported by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
Workshop is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Would you like to enjoy a candlelit dinner that you cooked over the hearth with your friends or family? Interested in learning about heirloom gardens or wood processing? Coggeshall offers a variety of workshops for all ages and interests! Please visit our Workshops page for this season's offerings.
Treat your birthday child and their friends to a day at the farm! We'll introduce them to our animals, and they can learn a craft or simple woodworking skills. You can eat your birthday lunch and cake in our historic farmhouse around the hearth, and they can dress up as 18th-century kids*
*Due to the nature of our site and to ensure the best experience for guests, birthday parties are limited to 12 children.
E-mail Eleanor for more information.