If you are coming as part of a group, please read our essential information about your visit by downloading the Microsoft Word document here
Step back in time to 1771 for a visit with the farm family as they go about the tasks necessary to make their living from the land. Although they do not actually live here, park staff and volunteers dressed in period clothing portray the tenant farm family and work the land as if it were their own.
Please ask questions, and in keeping with the spirit of recreating the past, you will be answered as if you were visiting in the 18th century. The time you spend preparing your group for their visit and the questions they ask the Farm’s family will help determine what the group learns. This flexibility allows you to tailor the visit to your curriculum.
Before your visit
- Explore our website to learn more about the Farm and its programs and to get directions.
- For groups of 10 or more, reservations are required. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-422-7557. Please note: the Farm is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am-4:30pm, April through mid-December.
- Make copies of the Map of Farm 14 and review and share this information with your group.
- Ensure you have at least 1 adult for every 8 children.
- Remind everyone to dress appropriately: all activities are outside and on dirt paths. Because of poison ivy and insects, visitors are encouraged to wear long pants and use insect repellent.
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)
To arrange a group visit, e-mail email@example.com
Groups that are interested in a more interactive experience may be interested in our Farm Skills program, where children and adults can learn everyday skills that the Thornton family uses in their 18th-Century life. Children may dip candles, card wool, wash clothes, pound corn, spin wool, and play 18th-Century games.
The Farm has prepared a teachers’ guide to integrating a visit to the Farm with the Virginia Standards of Learning.