Behind-the-Scenes Farm Tours
Hop on the hay wagon with Farmer Bill and his knowledgeable staff and ride trails through the gardens and forest to a private area where family memories will be born as you help during feeding time and have special access to our newest additions.
Tours are offered every day at 11am and also at 1pm on weekends.
Sheep Shearing Weekend: April 27 and 28
The Village’s merino sheep are this weekend’s stars. Throughout the weekend, follow the wool from sheep to cloak: sheep-shearing with champion shearer Fred DePaul, spinning, dyeing, and weaving demonstrations. Give spinning and weaving a try. See rarely-displayed Shaker-made woolen items, including the famous Shaker cloak. Make a woolly sheep in the Discovery Barn or bring needles, yarn, and join a Sit ‘N Knit.
Included in admission/FREE to members
School Field Trips
Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm offers a fun and educational experience for children in all grades. For teachers, we offer planning assistance before your visit and curriculum-based tour outlines. Enjoy our Picnic Area or use our shared indoor seating for lunch.
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Self-Guided Field Trips
(Recommended during the Baby Animals exhibit)
Tour the Village at your own pace, choosing activities that support your curriculum. After your students receive an introduction from our interpretative staff, they can watch Village artisans and farm staff at work, marvel at the sights and sounds of the 1858 water turbine, and delight in heritage-breed animals in the Round Stone Barn — especially the newborns! Hands-on activities in the Discovery Barn include dressing up in Shaker-style clothing, weaving on a loom, and milking a life-sized replica Holstein cow.