Howell Living History Farm is a time machine that takes you back to the year 1900 – a time when horses and buggies traveled the lanes of Pleasant Valley, and when farms were bordered by snake fences and Osage orange trees.
You were a farmer, then…the kind that could drive a team of horses and plow a furrow with a walking plow. You could build a barn, or deliver a lamb, or bake a loaf of bread from wheat that you grew yourself. And you may have been remembered for the time you canned 200 quarts of tomatoes in a day, or the May Day you went to town in a one-horse sleigh.
Today, if it is time to harvest corn, you can ride up into a field in a horse drawn wagon, help us shock and pick corn, and return to the barnyard to help shell it, grind it, and bake it into cornbread. We invite you to help us plant, cultivate and harvest our crops, to care for our animals, to sweep our barn, to make soap, butter and ice cream, and of course to sit under the maple tree and talk about the future. (The future looks good, by the way. There are rumors of “combines”, horseless buggies and automatic ice cream makers.)
Howell Living History Farm Address:
101 Hunter Road
Titusville, NJ 08560
P. (609) 737-3299
Website: Howell Living History Farm
E-mail: Howell Living History Farm
10:00am – 4:00pm, programs from 11:00am – 3:00pm (A calendar of Saturday events is available at the farm or on this website.) The Farm is closed on Saturdays July 16 and 23 when there are evening hayrides.
Noon – 4:00pm
April through November for self-guided tours only
10:00am – 4:00pm February through November Tuesday – Friday (The Farm is closed on Mondays)
Closed on Mercer County holidays; Easter
Farm Admission Costs:
Free admission & parking
Fee for Children’s Crafts, Maze
Educational Lesson Plans and Resources
Ice Harvest (Lesson Plan)
Maple Sugaring (Lesson Plan)
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School & Youth Group Trips and Programs
School and Youth Group Trips and Programs
All programs except for “Farm Animals” and “Summer on the Farm” are $75.00 for in-county visitors and $100.00 for out-of-county visitors for each group of 25 people or less. (This includes adult chaperones as well).
Farm Animals is $4.00 per person (in-county); and $5.00 per person (out-of-county) .
The Summer on the Farm program is $100.00 for in-county and $125.00 for out-of-county.
Ice Harvesting: Work with farmers on the frozen pond, where volunteers from your group will help to score, cut and float ice. Everyone will help when it is time to pull the ice blocks up a wooden track to the icehouse. Blocks are lowered into the icehouse via a chute, and then packed in layers of sawdust. (If there is no ice on the pond, your group will work with commercial ice just as farmers did in 1900 if winters were mild.)
Tree Tapping and Sap Gathering: Learn how to identify a sugar maple tree. Volunteers from your group will help us tap a sugar maple tree. All will taste the sap if it is flowing before beginning the work of collecting it from the many trees in our “sugarbush”. You will load some of the sap on a horse or oxen drawn wagon to take back to the farm for syrup making.
Sheep Care: Learn about the care of our sheep as you pet the lambs, help brush the ewes, and visit the flock in the sheep yard. Help process wool using our hand cranked carding machine to prepare it for spinning. Learn about the many uses for wool products on a 1900 family farm.
Corn Planting: Learn about corn planting technology by using hand sowing methods used throughout history…and by planting corn using a circa 1900, animal-drawn seeder. Discover why seeders like this one – and why tractor-drawn seeders- are still “future” technology for most of the world’s farmers
Wagon Tour of Farming Operations: Old-fashioned horsepower will pull your wagon into a landscape reminiscent of the Hopewell Township of a century ago, when farm lanes were bordered by snake fences and osage orange trees, and when farmers still worked by hand and horsepower to cultivate their fields of corn, oats, wheat and hay. Operations vary daily, so there is no telling what you might see: a reaper-binder or haytedder in action, a flock of sheep coming in from the meadow, or a farm crew bringing in the sheaves.
Family Trips and Programs
Howell Farm’s “Living History” enriches the present through reenactment of the past. But the past holds more than cultural riches. It holds tangible wealth for present and future generations. As you, the visitor, explore history by walking back in time, you will discover that millions of farmers in Asia, Africa and India are using similar animal-powered technology to feed growing populations and to eliminate the drudgery of hand labor. Howell Farm’s Internship Program provides training for small-farm extension agents who will work overseas teaching others how to introduce or upgrade animal-powered farming systems. It will offer you new insights into the relativity – and utility – of history.
Howell Farm is a place where generations meet and share that gift we call heritage. Join us. It is heritage with a future.
Farm Fun: joining in farm crafts, games and play; snack time. Each week, FarmHands will participate in the Farm’s scheduled craft program, and in a special activity such as a wagon ride, nature walk, game or storytelling. This year session in the program meet for 7 Saturdays with the exception of the 2nd Fall session, which is only 6 Saturdays. Application: Parents wishing to enroll in the FarmHands program must attend an organizational meeting held prior to the program starting date unless they have previous been in the program. At this meeting, program content and logistics are explained by our staff and application forms are completed and submitted by parents. Meetings are intended for parents only. Meeting and Session Dates. Applications cannot be made by mail.
|FarmHands is a program for children 6-9 years old or 10-12 years old. It introduces older children to farm chores, crafts, and games and to seasonal activities which are part of the Farm’s actual operation. The program is staffed by a FarmHands teacher, who is assisted by one or two FarmHands parents. Class size is limited to ensure program quality. During the 3-hour long program from 10:00-1:00 for 10-12 year olds and 1:30-4:30pm for 6-9 year olds, FarmHands spend their time on three different types of activities:|
|Daily Chores: feeding and watering animals, mixing animal feeds, collecting eggs, etc.|
|Seasonal Work: helping with actual operations, such as:|
|Spring — planting potatoes, bottle feeding lambs, digging the garden|
|Summer — gathering honey, watering the orchard, weighing the pigs|
|Fall — digging potatoes, husking corn, picking pumpkins, making cider|
|Winter — collecting sap for maple syrup, gathering firewood, setting up lambing pens|
|The Hatchery is a weekday morning program for children 3-5 years old. It is designed as a “first-time” farm experience for children, introducing them to animals, crops and farm living through hands-on activities that are safe, fun and educational. The program is staffed by a Hatchery teacher, who is assisted by one or two Hatchery parents. Class size is limited to ensure program quality. During the 3 hour program, Hatchery children spend their time on several types of activities:|
|Chores: Through daily chore routines, children learn about the needs and products of farm animals. Routines involve some or all of the following: collecting eggs, pumping water for work horses, shelling corn for geese, putting hay in sheep manger, putting straw in calf pen.|
|Seasonal Activities: In the spring, children visit baby animals, plant a garden, and see a sheep being shorn. In the fall, children pick and decorate pumpkins, dig potatoes, husk Indian corn and make a wallow for the pigs.|
|Crafts: Children make crafts using materials from the farm: corncobs, egg shells, wool, feathers, etc. Sometimes a cooking or baking project is done instead of a craft.|
|Storytelling and Singing: Farm related themes are used to reinforce what children have learned about animals, crops and nature.|
|Outdoor Fun: Children explore the farm and its seasons through walks, games and play. Towards the end of the 12 week session, each child will have a chance to ride a horse or pony, and to take a hayride.|
|Application: Parents wishing to enroll in The Hatchery program must attend an organizational meeting held prior to the program starting date. At this meeting, program content and logistics are explained by our staff and application forms are completed and submitted by parents. Meetings are intended for parents only. Call the farm at 609-737-3299 for meeting dates and fees.|
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