Local Living History Museum Welcomes Public on April 1
The Claude Moore Colonial Farm, a living history museum and National Park, opens on Sunday, April 1 for the 2012 season. The museum portrays family and community life on a Virginia working farm just before the American Revolutionary War. Since its founding in 1973 The Claude Moore Colonial Farm has served more than 1.9 million visitors.
Located on 77 acres in McLean, Virginia, the working farm museum offers self-guided tours. Visitors can explore an authentically recreated 18th century log cabin home with open hearth and sleeping loft. Guests can stroll adjoining
farm land and the newly planted orchard of heirloom apple trees including Redstreak, Newton Pippen and Hughes Crab. Also see heirloom livestock including Ossabow pigs, Red Devon cattle and wild turkeys.
In 2012 the Claude Moore Colonial Farm will hold participatory educational events including a Wheat Harvest, Salting Fish Day and Colonial Wassail as well as seasonal Market Fairs. The Farm also offers internship and apprenticeship programs, a Living Experience Series and Farm Skills program as well as educational resources and a variety of memberships.
Said Claude Moore Colonial Farm Director Anna Eberly, “We are excited to welcome the community for our 39th season of operations. Our Annual Farm Clean Up is scheduled for March 17 and 18 where we expect hundreds of local volunteers helping to get the Farm ready for the season. And this year we have expanded our offerings for the Farm’s weekly bookstore and heirloom plant sales.” Added Eberly, “I am privileged to work closely with a dedicated group of volunteers and we greatly appreciate the support of the public.”
The Claude Moore Colonial Farm is the only privately operated National Park in the U.S. National Park system.
Programs and services are sustained through admissions as well as grants, contributions and Farm membership.
Hours of operation: April 1 to December 9, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 am to 4:30 pm. Regular admission: Adults, $3.00; Children 3-12 and Senior Citizens, $2.00; Children under 3 free. Please contact the Farm for Group and Special Event admissions.
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