The Farm Skills program is appropriate for ages 4 and older and is offered on selected Thursdays in the spring, summer, and fall.
This program is designed to give hands-on experience of several skills necessary for an 18th-century farm. The activities are set up in stations around the Market Fair grounds, and participants may go from station to station as they choose, spending as much or as little time as they wish at each activity.
Activities may include:
This program can accommodate up to 200 people, so unless your group is exceptionally large, you will be sharing the grounds with other groups of varying ages.
The Farm Skills program activities run from 10am – 12pm ONLY, on selected Thursdays. During and after the Farm Skills program, participants are welcome to visit the 18th-century Farm Site, which is open until 4:30pm.
Program Dates for 2017(all are Thursdays):
April 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 25
July 19, 26
September 21, 28
October 5, 12, 26
November 2, 9
- Please Note that the Farm Skills staff and volunteers will not be dressed in period costume. They will be in modern clothing to differentiate between this program and the 18th-century farm, where the interpreters are in costume and in character for the year 1771. The Farm Skills interpreters are therefore able to answer your modern questions, and to interpret a broader range of history than those at the 18th-century farm site.
Reservations are required.
Reservations are required for this program. Groups of ten or more individuals must make paid reservations for Farm Skills. Smaller groups and individuals do not have to prepay, though they still need to make a reservation. To make reservations,
e-mail email@example.com with the following information:
- Which Farm Skills day you would like to come
- Name of the group
- Number and age of children
- Number of adults
- Name of the group leader and a phone number where he or she may be reached on the day of the event
You will receive a confirmation email after submitting your reservation; if you do not receive this within 1 week, either send your email reservation again or call the Farm office at 703-442-7557.
Please note: When you make a reservation, you guarantee that you will bring and pay for the number of people that you specify. You may change this number up to 10 days before your visit; with less than 10 days’ notice, you must pay for at least the number of people that you made a reservation for. (See also: Cancellation Policy, on this page)
$5.00 per individual, which includes the $2.00 general admission fee and under age 3 are free. Groups of ten or more must make reservations and pay a $50 advance deposit.
Essential Information for your Group:
Please download this 1-page Word document and copy it for all the adults in your group
Farm Skills Cancellation Policy:
With at least 10 days’ notice of your cancellation, we will either refund your $50 deposit or reschedule within the season if possible.
With less than 10 days’ notice of your cancellation, your $50 deposit is non-refundable.
If the Farm cancels a program due to extreme inclement weather, we will either refund your $50 deposit or reschedule within the season if possible.
For information on how the Farm makes connections to the Virginia Standards of Learning, please click here.
On the day of your visit
- If there is inclement weather on the day of your visit, please call as early as possible to determine if the Farm will open that day. On weekdays, call the Office at 703-442-7557. If it is on the weekend, call the GateHouse at 703-903-9330. You can also view our Inclement Weather Policy here.
- All buses and vehicles should park in the Farm parking lot next to the brown “Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run” sign.
- You will enter the Farm through the GateHouse, which is both a shop and a welcome center.
Please remind your group that, as with any National Park, the Claude Moore Colonial Farm has rules to help ensure a safe visit:
- Livestock and animals (cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens, geese) should never be chased, touched, or fed.
- Domestic animals (cats) may be petted, but at your own risk.
- Do not climb, run, pick plants or catch wildlife. Stay on the paths at all times.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- No food is allowed in the farm beyond the parking lot and front lawn. Water bottles are allowed.
The Farm has the following facilities available:
- Picnic tables
- Portable toilet
- NO handwashing facilities
- NO trash cans (we are trash free park and we abide by a carry in/carry out policy)