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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Time travel back to the 1700’s

Time travel back to the 1700’s to see what life was really like for working farmers. Visit the Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run in Northern Virginia where you will step into a living history museum that portrays family life on a small, low-income farm just prior to the Revolutionary War.

This from the National Park Service:

Claude Moore Colonial Farm is a living history site that demonstrates the life of a poor farm family living on a small farm in northern Virginia just prior to the American Revolutionary War. Today, agricultural and household activities seen on the Farm represent an earlier era when small farms were dispersed throughout the countryside; and, most Americans engaged in activities of an agricultural nature.

The farmer's property includes twelve acres planted with corn, tobacco, wheat, flax, rye, barley, a kitchen garden and an orchard. The fields are tilled, planted and cultivated by hand, applying basic principles of hoe agriculture. The farmer allows his livestock to roam freely, protecting valuable crops with split rail fencing. The small log house is used as the family dwelling, where meals are prepared over the hearth fire using food raised on the Farm. Clothing, furniture, tools, and equipment used by the Farm family are reproductions of 18th-century artifacts.

Staff and volunteers dressed in reproduction period clothes, work the farm, and answer your questions about the farm, livestock, and family, as if you were actually an 18th century visitor. The Farm is managed and operated by the Friends of Claude Moore Colonial Farm, at Turkey Run, Inc. through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service, George Washington Memorial Parkway.

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm
6310 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101

Park Open April through mid-December

Farm Hours: Wednesday - Sunday10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m
GateHouse Shop Hours: Wednesday - Sunday10:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(Farm and Shop both closed Monday and Tuesday)

Regular Admission:$3 for adults;
$2.00 for children (3-12 years old) and senior citizens

No pets are allowed on the Farm property.

Just off the Capital Beltway (I-495) at the intersection of
Georgetown Pike (Rte. 193) and Dolly Madison Blvd. (Rte. 123).
About 20 minutes from Washington, D.C. or downtown Alexandria.

For more information click here.

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