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Farmers' Museum

Lake Road, PO Box 30, Cooperstown, NY 13326
(888) 547-1450; (607) 547-1500
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Ranked #4 of 16 attractions in Cooperstown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Farms, History Museums, Specialty Museums
Owner description: Living history museum re-creates 19th-century rural life, complete with craftspeople demonstrating rural trades and skills in the restored buildings... more » Owner description: Living history museum re-creates 19th-century rural life, complete with craftspeople demonstrating rural trades and skills in the restored buildings of an 1845 village. « less
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Upstate NY
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The 1840's village features 19th century buildings and interpreters dressed in period clothing. As you wander the grounds and buildings, you get a real sense of what life was like back then - both from listening to the interpreters stories and by watching demonstrations.....of spinners, printmakers, blacksmiths, farmers, etc... You'll see typical farm animals including chickens, goats, turkeys, cows, and... More

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Churchville, NY
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Small but well done, as the name implies the emphasis is on farming history. But also alot of small farm town history, like Sturbridge village or Genesee Country Museum. Certainly worth a visit if you are in town and have a couple of hours.

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New York City, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The best way to learn about the area's history is by visiting this museum where a small village comes alive from the mid-19th Century. I hadn't visited the museum since the mid 1970s. I recommend it for all! Interesting, well kept, highly informative and even captured the attention of 4, 7 and 11 year old boys who otherwise play video... More

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Syosset, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Very authentic, lots of people dress in period clothes with lots and lots of interaction! My son (9) loved it!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My 3 year old loved the animals and the carousel and the miniature ride on tractors, but even if he hadn't been tagging along, my husband and I agreed that this was our favorite spot in Cooperstown. The grounds are beautiful. The period "interpreters" were incredibly knowledgeable and fascinating to talk to. And it wasn't very crowded!

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Olathe, Kansas
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93 reviews 93 reviews
55 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

With buildings brought in from all over rural New York, history comes alive before your eyes. Watch the blacksmith at work or the broom maker as he ties the straw together. You can watch yarn being woven into cloth or butter being churned. Costumed docents in each of the buildings are willing to answer your questions and demonstrate they skills.... More

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Westerville, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This was a lovely step back in time to visit a farm and village with blacksmith, printer, pharmacy, merry go round, farm animals, and old buildings that had been transported into this little village.

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Fairborn, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

great experience my grandson of 15 (I 62) came from Fairborn, Oh and was suggested to take a side trip to this museum. We are glad we did was very informative, all employees knowledgeable and friendly we walked from downtown to the museum and back but really happy went

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Shirley, New York
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Reasonably priced for what you saw. Actors were dressed in period clothes performing activities you would see being done in the 19th century. Clean and beautiful grounds. If you are a history buff or just love older style buildings this is the place for you. The Blacksmith building was our favorite.

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State College, Pennsylvania
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a museum/living village that pays attention to detail without boring its visitors. It's a celebration of the people and activities that helped make upstate NY the strong community that it is. We loved strolling from building to building in the village. These are real houses that were built long ago and moved to the village to illustrate how... More

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