Our venue: Billings Farm
Explore one of the finest operating dairy farms in America and a museum of Vermont’s rural past – your gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage. Billings Farm features many aspects of farm work, including care of the Jersey cows and other livestock, milking of the herd, crop rotation, and feed production.
Get to know our Jerseys, sheep, horses, and oxen through interactive programs and activities. Explore the barns and calf nursery and watch the afternoon milking of the herd. Visitors will experience a first-hand sampling of actual farm work, animals, and agricultural processes.
The authentically restored 1890 Farm House, the center of the farm and forestry operation a century ago – features the farm manager’s office, family living quarters – and creamery, where butter was produced for market. Interactive programs in the farmhouse for visitors and students interpret 19th century agricultural improvement, butter production, and domestic life.
Engaging exhibits housed in 19th century barns depict the annual cycle of rural life and work, as well as the cultural values of Vermont farm families a century ago. These exhibits engage the visitor by taking the visitor back to the Farm Year of 1890. You can explore the basis of farm life on Vermont’s Hill Farms through the seasons by viewing historical hand tools and farm machines, listening to oral histories, and by being engaged by large format historic photographs and life size recreations.
In the Visitor Center you will find The Upon This Land Introductory Exhibit, which traces the evolution of the Billings Farm and adjacent Mount Tom forest, from the days of the Marsh family, through the Billings and Rockefeller years and up to the present with the development and growth of the Billings Farm & Museum.
Also in the Visitor Center is their museum shop where you will find shelves brimming with a fine assortment of gifts, hand crafts, candles, books and of course, Billings Farm cheddar cheese! For the first time in over 70 years, Billings Farm is marketing a dairy product made exclusively from the milk of its prize-winning Jersey cows.
Visit the Billings Farm & Museum website for more location details.