What is there for children to do?
Children of all ages enjoy learning at the Farm. Older children imagine themselves back in time, while helping with farm chores such as carding wool, mixing Johnnycake batter, weeding in the garden, or hoeing in the fields. Toddlers take in the sights and sounds and love to splash their hands in the wash tub, watch the chickens, or gaze into the hearth fire. Children of all ages look forward to seeing the farm animals. Remember not to pet or feed the livestock!
How long will our visit take?
Most visitors spend between forty-five minutes to an hour for their visit.
How far a walk is it?
A walk around the Farm is just under 3/4 of a mile. Walking the whole farm site from the GateHouse and back, without stopping, takes about 15 minutes. On Market Fair days, visitors who see both the Fair and the Farm walk just under a mile. Farm paths are rough gravel and dirt with some hilly sections, but there are several places to stop and rest along the way..
How accessible is the property?
All of the paths around the Farm are rough gravel and dirt with some hilly sections. Wheelchairs should be able to navigate all the public paths unless the ground is very wet. A wheelchair accessible toilet is adjacent to the parking lot. Strollers with small wheels may have trouble on some of the paths.
Are the animals tame?
Although our animals are used to their caretakers, they are not pets and they do not know you. The animals should never be touched, shouted at, chased or fed.
Does the Farm Family live here?
The Farm Family does not actually live here but the volunteers and staff portraying the farm family work the land as if it were their own and talk with you as if the year is 1771. Their clothing, furniture, tools, and buildings are reproductions of eighteenth-century artifacts.
Do you offer tours?
Your visit will be self guided. A brochure and map will lead you through the Farm. On your way, you will meet volunteers and staff dressed in period clothing, who portray an 18th century farm family. They invite you to ask questions and join in their activities.
Do you offer programs for groups?
The farm offers group visits to the Farm and hands-on educational programs.
Is there a gift shop?
Yes – the gift shop is in the GateHouse as you enter the Farm. There you will find Market Fair merchandise, educational items, books, games, toys, collectibles, garden tools & accessories, Farm posters, T-shirts, postcards and more. We accept MasterCard, VISA, and American Express.
Do you have a restaurant or picnic facilities?
We do not have a restaurant, though snacks and bottled water are available for purchase at the GateHouse. Picnic tables and a water fountain for your use are located adjacent to the GateHouse and parking lot. The picnic tables and lawn next to the parking lot are the only areas where you may eat. The exception to this is at the Market Fairs, which the Farm holds three times a year; there you may purchase 18th century-style food and drinks. Adjoining property, The Pavillions of Turkey Run, is available for rental for catered picnics and parties.
What other facilities are there?
A wheelchair accessible toilet is adjacent to the parking lot. There is an additional toilet at the Market Fair grounds. There are no hand washing facilities.
May I bring my pet?
Pets are not allowed at the Farm. Service animals are allowed.
How can I help support the Farm?
Memberships are available on a yearly basis. Farm Family Members enjoy free admission to the Farm and all of its seven 18th century Special Events, including the three Market Fairs. Benefits include a newsletter subscription, use of the Farm’s reference library, and discounts on workshops and selected sales items.
The Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run (#53-1216556) is a Federal tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Membership contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extend allowed by law. Contact the Farm office for specific amounts. The Farm’s financial statements are available in the Richmond Office of the Virginia Department of Consumer Affairs.
What are the Farm’s hours of operation?
The Farm is open to the public April to mid-December, Wednesday through Sunday, from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm. The Farm is closed during inclement weather, on Mondays and Tuesdays, and on Independence Day and Thanksgiving Day. For more detailed information, see Hours.
Are there any Items prohibited in the park?
Alcohol, pets, bicycles, motorbikes, littering, climbing, running and horseback riding. Commercial use of the Farm is prohibited.