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Billings Farm is one of the oldest Jersey dairy farms in the USA, established by Frederick Billings in 1871 and still producing Jersey milk for market.



Located just a short distance north of the center of Woodstock along Elm Street (VT Route 12; map) and across the road from the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Billings Farm is not just a working farm. It's a living museum of farm life, history and techniques.

If you've never spent time on a farm, here's where you and your family can learn all about cows, sheep, horses, oxen and chickens, how they're raised, how we benefit from them, and what they mean—and have meant—to the daily life, history and economy of Vermont.

Experience the farm and its annual cycle of work, growing, birth and death through visits to the barns, interacting with the animals, and watching the afternoon milking of the cows.

The restored 1890 Queen Anne farmhouse and its original barns hold displays explaining Vermont’s rural history and culture. For example, the Vermont Farm Year in 1890 takes you through a typical farm family's life in the year the farm house was constructed.

Daily activities make your visit even more informative and enjoyable. You may see how cheese is made, learn why corn is such an important crop, tour the heirloom garden, learn to make rope, read recipes for meals made and served on the farm (talk about fresh!).

The farm's special events schedule may help you to determine the best time to make your visit. There are quilt exhibitions, farm wagon rides, harvest festivals, crafts fairs and more.

When you visit the farm, plan also to visit neighboring Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, which is also part of the farm's history. More..

You my also be interested in visiting Sugarbush Cheese & Maple Farm outside Woodstock, where you can taste and purchase the farm's 15 varieties of Vermont artisanal cheese and 5 of maple syrup. More...

Billings Farm & Museum
69 Old River Road (VT Route 12 & River Road; P O Box 489)
Woodstock VT 05091-0489
Tel: 802-457-2355
Fax: 802-457-4663

—by Tom Brosnahan

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