Step back in time to a spring day in 1770. The National Colonial Farm’s annual Children’s Day event is a popular family event that allows visitors to experience history and culture, while spending the day in a scenic national park. Bring your picnic lunches, and be a part of history and farm life while helping the “Bolton” family with their daily chores: spinning wool, churning butter, washing clothes, gardening, and cooking. Visit the farm animals, watch a cooking demonstration, participate in a kid-friendly archaeological dig, play colonial games, and enjoy a musical performance by the Irish Jam Session.
Admission is $5 per person, payable at the Visitor’s Center the day of the event. Members are free.
About the National Colonial Farm:
The National Colonial Farm is an outdoor living history museum located within Piscataway Park and established by the Accokeek Foundation in 1958. The farm depicts life for an ordinary tobacco planting family in Prince George’s County in the 1770s. Structures located within the colonial site are open to the public and include a circa 1770 farm dwelling, an 18th century tobacco barn, and an out-kitchen. The kitchen garden features 18th century varieties of herbs, flowers, and vegetables. Historic varieties of field crops such as “Orinoco” tobacco and “Virginia Gourdseed” corn are grown and cultivated for seed. The park offers family amenities and recreation activities such as picnic tables and pavilion, nature trails, and a fishing pier (must have DNR license). The Visitor’s Center offers unique gifts, books, small snacks and beverages, fishing supplies and bait, as well as site related information and a touch-and-feel nature zone for the kids, featuring a rescued box turtle named Edgar.