Farm Skills

Farm Skills

The Farm Skills program is appropriate for ages 4 and older and is offered on selected Thursdays in the spring, summer, and fall.

This program is designed to give hands-on experience of several skills necessary for an 18th-century farm. The activities are set up in stations around the Market Fair grounds, and participants may go from station to station as they choose, spending as much or as little time as they wish at each activity.

Activities may include:

  • Pounding corn
  • Carding wool
  • Spinning with a drop spindle
  • Dipping candles (weather permitting: spring and fall only)
  • 18th-century games

This program can accommodate up to 200 people, so unless your group is exceptionally large, you will be sharing the grounds with other groups of varying ages.

The Farm Skills program activities run from 10am – 12pm ONLY, on selected Thursdays. During and after the Farm Skills program, participants are welcome to visit the 18th-century Farm Site, which is open until 4:30pm.

Program Dates for 2018

All Dates Are Thursdays


April 12, 19, 26
May, 3, 10, 24


July 12, 26


September, 13, 20,27
October 4, 11, 25
November 1, 8


Please Note that the Farm Skills staff and volunteers will not be dressed in period costume. They will be in modern clothing to differentiate between this program and the 18th-century farm, where the interpreters are in costume and in character for the year 1771. The Farm Skills interpreters are therefore able to answer your modern questions, and to interpret a broader range of history than those at the 18th-century farm site.

Reservations are required.

Reservations are required for this program. Groups of ten or more individuals must make paid reservations for Farm Skills. Smaller groups and individuals do not have to prepay, though they still need to make a reservation. To make reservations,
e-mail with the following information:

  • Which Farm Skills day you would like to come
  • Name of the group
  • Number and age of children
  • Number of adults
  • Name of the group leader and a phone number where he or she may be reached on the day of the event

You will receive a confirmation email after submitting your reservation; if you do not receive this within 1 week, either send your email reservation again or call the Farm office at 703-442-7557.

See Group Visits for more Details.