Claude Moore Colonial Farm

Claude Moore Colonial Farm

Step back in time and experience life on a small farm in northern Virginia.  Living history programs and demonstrations offer a glimpse of what life was like for a poor farm family, just before the Revolutionary War. The Farm is managed and operated by the Friends of Claude Moore Colonial Farm, through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service. Programs and hands-on demonstrations highlight an important part of our nation's history.

When you visit you will encounter 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. Visitors are also welcomed and encouraged to help the farm family with their chores; the family is grateful for all the help they can get!

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Hours

1771 Colonial Farm 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Wednesday to Sunday April 1- December 10
Gatehouse Gift Shop 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Wednesday to Sunday April 1- December 31
Greenhouse & Garden 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday to Friday April 24- June 30
Administrative Offices 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday to Friday Jan. 2 – December 18

Book Shop Noon – 7:00 pm Wednesday to Saturday February 1– December 16

The 1771 Colonial Farm is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, on July 4, and on Thanksgiving Day.  The Gatehouse Gift Shop is also closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, July 4, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Admission is $5 per adult, $3 per senior and $3 per child 3 and over.

Groups with ten people and a reservation cost $3 per person.

History

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run is a living history museum that portrays family life on a small, low-income farm just prior to the Revolutionary War. This privately funded and operated National Park, located in McLean, Virginia, has served more than 2 million visitors since it opened in 1973, and is host to increasing numbers each year.

The popularity of the Farm is due in large part to its continuing focus on authenticity and its ongoing encouragement of both child and adult visitors to participate in the daily activities of an 18th century family farm. Experiential learning is a growing trend with most museums and the Farm has been a leader in this —-for over 40 years.

The Farm has achieved national recognition for its innovative educational programming that uses the 18th-century Farm as an authentic representation of colonial agricultural history to provide perspective and context for present day life. Each year, thousands of students visit this working class farm, which recreates the life and times of a tenant family living in northern Virginia in 1771.

Activities

Claude Moore Farm offers a unique opportunity to experience what life on a farm was like before the American Revolutionary War. Programs and hands-on demonstrations highlight an important part of our nation's history. there are many educational opportunities, internships, and events year round.

In addition to the self-guided tours of the working Farm, groups participate in a number of highly focused, structured, heavily utilized programs such as the Farm Skills Program. This hands-on educational program features the use of a collection of reproduction period items and sessions in which students produce their own 18th-century artifacts using the tools, materials, processes and techniques of the colonial period.

Facilities

Pavillion is the perfect place for picnics, parties, receptions, outdoor corporate events, meetings and more. Whether for a charming day-time event or a mystical evening party with all the twinkles, the Pavilions of Turkey Run will make your event truly special.

Gatehouse Shop

Located on Colonial Farm Road, the Gatehouse Gift Shop is the entrance to the Farm. Inside, you may find museum reproductions and jewelry, Market Fair merchandise, books, games and toys, local fruit preserves & fruit butters, educational items and more. All proceeds help support the Farm's educational programs.

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