Celebrate the fall, learn Halloween history, and get outdoors!

Coggeshall Farm - Bristol, RI


The autumn is a beautiful time to enjoy the great outdoors of New England. There’s something exciting about the leaves turning and the farms harvesting their produce. Our region has a rich history of autumn and harvest activities passed down from generation to generation. This year, Coggeshall Farm Museum is putting on a special Fall at the Farm program to provide a fun and educational experience for all ages as we celebrate the changing season.

Visitors are invited to explore our 48 acres of coastal farmland, where they can enjoy a hay wagon ride, learn about Halloween and jack-o-lantern history, New England witchcraft history and herbalism, and hear haunting stories of New England folklore. Guests can also play games, talk with our historic interpreters, and see historic buildings. Kids can enjoy activities and everyone will want to meet and greet our chickens, sheep, pigs, and cats!

Themed talks and guided tours will happen throughout the day. These include:

Witches and Wisewomen: Explore the history of New England witchcraft and herbalism on a walking tour around the farm. Learn the medicinal and magical uses of plants in the garden, discuss the origins of witches and their role in the new world.

Ghosts of Rhode Island Past: Indulge in some of Rhode Island’s spooky tales and folklore. Start by learning about Nathaniel Byfield, the man behind Coggeshall’s mysterious memorial marker. From there we will explore all things haunted, macabre, and uniquely Rhode Island.

The History of Halloween: Where did the holiday we know as Halloween come from? In this tour we’ll explore the ancient roots of the Halloween we know today, as well as the evolution of its most iconic symbol: carved vegetable jack-o’-lanterns.

The program takes place at Coggeshall Farm Museum, which is set on 48 acres of beautiful Rhode Island coastal farmland and recreates the daily experience of tenant farmers on a salt marsh farm through live interpretation, historic structures, heirloom plants, and heritage-breed animals. The program runs select days in October, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. You can save money by purchasing tickets in advance. Pre-purchased tickets cost is $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 4-17). At the door tickets cost $14 for adults and $8 for youth. Ages 3 and under get in free. Members of Coggeshall Farm Museum and Old Sturbridge Village get in for free. Visit our website, Coggeshallfarm.org to purchase your tickets or learn more.

The safety of our visitors and staff is a top priority. Our open-air, outdoor setting makes Coggeshall a great choice for a safe, fun, experience. Additionally, we are prioritizing cleaning and have placed hand sanitation stations throughout the grounds. At this time, masks are required in all indoor spaces.


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