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.
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 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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Address: 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vermont, 05091, Phone: 802-457-2355 Photo: Billings Farm & Museum
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