Experience Thanksgiving traditions of the past with this special event at the Farmers Museum in Cooperstown with free admission!

Friday–Saturday, November 27–28  from 10:00 am–4:00 pm step back in time at the Farmers Museum in Cooperstown. Discover how rural New Yorkers typically celebrated Thanksgiving in the 1840s. Admission for the special Thanksgiving event at the Farmers Musem in Cooperstown is free!

  • See traditional Thanksgiving foods prepared over the open hearth at the rustic Lippitt Farmhouse.
  • See a turkey trot with heritage-breed turkeys of all ages: poults, teenagers, hens and toms. See their unique turkey house and its historic wattle design.
  • Learn about unusual 19th-century digestive medicines as they are created at Dr. Thrall’s Pharmacy.
  • See the blacksmith create kitchen utensils used in the 1840s.
  • Ride the Empire State Carousel, or just enjoy a peaceful walk around the museum’s historic village.
  • Stop by the Crossroads Café, located next to Bump Tavern, for fresh homemade soups and chili, hot drinks, and freshly baked goodies.
  • Activities for children will include a booklet where kids can write and illustrate their own Thanksgiving Story.

As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life firsthand through demonstrations and interpretive exhibits.

The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a working farmstead, a recreated historic village, the Empire State Carousel, and a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, The Museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. Its collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, hand planes to plows.

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