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Celebrate a late 19th century Thanksgiving at Billings

Photo courtesy of Billings Farm & Museum
Discover how Thanksgiving was observed in the late 19th century in the 1890 Farm House at Billings Farm & Museum during the long weekend, Nov. 23-25.

Billings Farm & Museum, gateway to Vermont's rural heritage, will be open for Thanksgiving Weekend, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 23 - 25 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Voted a Top 10 Winter Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the weekend will feature traditional cooking in the farmhouse, pressing cider, horse-drawn wagon rides, farm tours, and hands-on harvest and food preservation activities and programs for every age.

You'll be welcomed to Frederick Billings' farmhouse, where farm manager George Aitken and his family lived and worked in 1890. Visit with costumed interpreters as they demonstrate preparing traditional Thanksgiving fare in the kitchen. Relax in the Victorian parlor and learn how our American Thanksgiving traditions have evolved. Enjoy a cup of hot cider and a freshly baked treat before touring the farm and boarding the wagon pulled by a team of draft horses for a ride around the farm.

In the education room, participate in cooking down pumpkins and apples for soup and applesauce. Help with the steps of gutting a pumpkin, saving the seeds, and pureeing pumpkin and apples.

For more information, visit or call 802-457-2355.