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If you feel the barn door has shut on ever finding a new travel
attraction for your next vacation, we heartily recommend visiting The
Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., as a remedy to your trip planning
This educational and entertaining living outdoor museum wonderfully
depicts our rural American heritage through some through authentic
demonstrations and interpretative exhibits.
This recreated historic village, circa 1845, features some glorious,
well-preserved Upstate New York architecture through a series of
buildings. Here, you'll find the local apothecary, blacksmith shop, a
working farmstead, print shop, tavern, beautiful historic gardens, a
general store and the amazing Empire State Carousel. The carousel is
the result of 20 years of hard work, carved by volunteer artists. This
amazing work of art includes:
Twenty-five hand-carved animals representing New York State
More than 300 ft. of hand stencils of the bluebird, rose, apple, sugar
maple leaf and state map
Chariot rides of a scallop shell (the State shellfish) and an Erie
Hand-carved frames around the mirrors depicting 11 different regions of
Folklore panels, characterizing Uncle Sam and Deerslayer, and portrait
panels of historical figures like Susan B. Anthony, Teddy Roosevelt,
Grandma Moses and Jackie Robinson enhancing the rounding boards.
Empire State Carousel
We could ride the carousel all day. I don't think we've seen a better
carousel and we've been to quite a few. I can't remember ever
seeing a carousel with this level of detail and craftsmanship.
But remember, the Carousel is just part of the overall rich experience
of The Farmers' Museum. This is certainly no stuffy display of history.
We just love coming here and experiencing life from another time,
enjoying the sweet Leatherstocking County/Cooperstown fresh air,
viewing the beautiful farm land and rolling hills, and meeting and
talking with the friendly knowledgeable staff. I also can't begin to
tell you how many people we have met there that have been more than
pleasantly surprised on what this living outdoor museum has to offer.
While most popular in the
summer (the patriotic July 4th event is always memorable), The Farmers'
Museum is also an exceptional place to visit during the foliage-rich
fall, the spring (for maple sugar runoff), and, of course, during the
holiday season for its truly special December Candlelight Evening. The
Candlelight Evening (2011 date to be announced) offers a fabulous
traditional holiday celebration with thousands of luminaries and
caroling, mule-drawn wagon rides, winter games, Santa telling stories
in the old schoolhouse, and delicious wassail around the warm campfires
throughout the historic village. Coming here, one realizes really
what a traditional Christmas is really all about. And it's, quite
simply, a beautiful scene. As Santa once said to us after the
warmest greeting, "This is something out of Currier and Ives."
Candelight Evening at The Farmers' Museum.
We absolutely love the Farmers' Museum! It's surely part of the
Cooperstown matrix that we have come to fall in love with as the Museum
reflects the authenticity, purity, natural beauty and wholesome fun of
What life was like circa 1845 at The Farmers' Museum.
This is one travel destination we make sure to visit during our
Cooperstown vacations. We heartily recommend putting The Farmers'
Museum on your "A' list when planning your Cooperstown vacation.
Editor's note: we recommend visiting The Farmers' Museum Web Site to
check out its hours of operation and calendar of events
The Farmers' Museum
Rt. 80, Lake Rd.
Tel. (607) 547-1500
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