Billings Farm & Museum

One of the finest outdoor history museums in the country, Billings Farm & Museum is located in Woodstock, Vermont and is comprised of a fully operational dairy farm with educational programs and community events as well as exhibits and a restored farm house. Billings Farm & Museum


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History & Museum


Billings Farm & Museum is currently owned by The Woodstock Foundation Inc and was established in 1983 to preserve the historic farm as a testament to the heritage of rural Vermont. The history of Billings Farm dates back much further than 1983 however.

Billings Farm was started in 1871 by a Vermont lawyer, railroad builder and scientific pioneer, Frederick Billings. He was known for his scientific work in reforestation and farm management and made his 270 acres farm a dairy operation that was known for its efficiency and sustainable techniques and responsible use of land.

In 1884, Billings brought George Aitken, a farm manager, on to expand the operation and by the time Billings died in 1890, the farm had grown to almost 1,000 acres and had cows, sheep, hogs, and other livestock known for their superior genetics and the operation was known for its extensive butter making process.

Today, Billings Farm & Museum includes several livestock barns where visitors can visit the farms still operation dairy herd, horses, sheep and oxen, farm exhibits, a restored 19th century farm house and participate in educational programs and events.

Museum

The Billings Farm & Museum has exhibits that educate visitors on many different aspects on farm life that are spread out in hour historic barns. Each exhibit displays seasonal activities that Vermont farmers would have participated in a century or so ago. Exhibits include tools, farm equipment, oral histories, furniture, family possessions and antiques.

Visitors will have the chance to see inside of an old country general store, a restored farm house, barn, and school house, while on a self-guided tour. There is also a pharmacy, post office, maple sugaring exhibit, ice cutting and harvesting display and many other exhibits that depict the daily chores of early Vermont settlers. Things to Do in Woodstock, Vermont: Billings Farm & Museum - Photo: Billings Farm & Museum

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Attractions


1890 Farm House and Creamery

The Farm House was constructed in 1890 as an expansion to the farm and used for many purposes. The house has been fully restored to its intended use as an office for George Aitken and home for his family, the butter production business and also has an ice house adjoining.

This farm house was very modern for its time and had many state of the art features including hot running water, a central heating system, and an indoor restroom. The farm house stands as a testament to the Billings role as a progressive dairy operation.

The farm office still has several pieces of original furniture, Aitkens’ personal letters and marketing materials, business correspondence, and other artifacts from the business. Families are welcome to use the sitting room during special programs that happen in the farm house throughout the year which is full of replication furnishing of the time period and popular readings. Visitors can stop for an ice cream treat at the Dairy Bar in the Heirloom Garden and Apple Orchard during special outdoor events and community programs.

The Animals

Billings provides the experience of a small dairy farm with 70 Jersey Cows. There are also 6 draft horses and a flock of Southdown sheep on the farm and some oxen. Nearly all of what the animals eat is grown on the farm and 100% of the milk used to make the Cheddar Cheese comes from cows on the farm.

Many of the educational programs offered through Billings Farms center around these animals and learned more about dairy farm operations, sheep herding, and draft horses.

Special Events

Special events happen all year around at Billings Farm and are regularly updated on the online calendar. In the spring, there are special events celebrating the baby animals that are born on the farm, special days for sheep shearing, designated days for preschool education, Homeschool Days, Foodway Fridays, cheese and dairy celebrations and more.

In the summer, there are ice cream social Sundays, Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Time Travel Tuesdays, and many other activities such as summer camps, Adventure camps and more to keep young minds learning and growing all summer long.

Billings Farm & Museum is also home to the annual Quilt Exhibition every summer that usually starts the last week of July and goes into September. In the fall, there are Pumpkin and Apple Celebrations, Harvest weekends and Wagon rides to look forward to.

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69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vermont, 05091, Phone: 802-457-2355 Things to Do in Woodstock, Vermont: Billings Farm & Museum - Photo: Billings Farm & Museum

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Things to Do in Woodstock, Vermont: Billings Farm & Museum