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Billings Farm & Museum

It's getting tougher to find traces of Vermont's rural heritage outside of fading memories and the imagination, but the Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock makes it easier. This farm and museum has been serving the public for over 20 years as an operating dairy farm and a museum dedicated to telling the story of Vermont's rural heritage. Visitors can experience real farm work first-hand including care of the dairy cows, sheep, horses, oxen, and chickens, feed production, and crop rotation as well as a wide range of exhibits, activities and programs that depict life on the farm dating back more than 100 years. Exhibits include Dairying, Planting and the Harvest, Maple Sugaring, Ice Cutting and more. The grounds include a number of buildings, including a furnished and restored 1890 Farm House (pictured above, it contains a creamery, laundry, ice house, etc.), a gift shop, and dairy bar (try the Farm Picnic lunch of cheese, crackers, and fruit).

The farm was established in 1871 by Frederick Billings, a lawyer, conservationist, pioneer in reforestation and scientific farm management, and railroad builder. Billings imported his cattle from the Isle of Jersey, and the farm is still considered to be one of the finest Jersey farms in America. Special events occur throughout the year (see their calendar onsite) and include Sheep Shearing Weekend (May), Old Vermont 4th (July), Quilt Exhibition (August-September), Pumpkin Day (October), and many more. Billings is particularly well-suited for family visits, with a variety of programs available for different age groups.

The Billings Farm & Museum is open daily May 1 - Oct. 31, 10 AM to 5 PM, as well as winter holiday weekends and their special sleigh ride weekends. Admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for those over 65, $7.50 for ages 13-17, $5.00 for ages 5-12, $2.50 for ages 3-4. After visiting the Farm and Museum, be sure to stop by their operating partner, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.

Billings Farm & Museum
Route 12 and River Road
P.O. Box 489
Woodstock VT 05091-0489
1-802-457-2355


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