The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown marks Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. with historic sounds, food, and great fun.
Starting at noon, watch as the Declaration of Independence read aloud on the Village Green. There will be additional readings from Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and Susan B. Anthony. Hear the muskets blast with our traditional militia muster. Sit for a tintype portrait–something you can't do with your smartphone (through the day weather permitting, see website for details). Take our Hoppy Trails Tour at 2:00 p.m. and discover hops and craft brewing past and present.
During the event, museum artisans will demonstrate traditional blacksmithing, letterpress printing, and other trades throughout the day. At the Lippitt Farmstead, learn about life on the farm and delight in the baby animals at the Children's Barnyard. Play traditional summer games on the Village Green. Ride the Empire State Carousel and marvel at the Cardiff Giant. Enjoy traditional 19th century music performed throughout the day at Bump Tavern.
The museum is open every day this summer from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Admission: Adults and juniors (ages 13-64): $12.00; seniors (65+): $10.50; youth (7-12): $6.00; children (6 and under): free. Museum members are always admitted free, as are active-duty and retired career military. Through Labor Day, active-duty military and up to five family members are admitted free, through the Blue Star Museum program. Find a $2.00-off regular adult admission coupon on our website at FarmersMuseum.org/hops.
About The Farmers' Museum: As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, the Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers' Museum's outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.