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If you answered yes to one or more of these questions then you need to check out the Carroll County Farm Museum. The museum is located on Center Street in Westminster, Maryland and is open seven days a week at varying hours.
The museum costs $5 for a tour for adults, $4 for seniors, and $10 for families. Children under 9 are when accompanied by a paying adult. During the winter (January through March) admission is free.
What Can You See in the Museum?
Within the museum proper, you can tour one of the oldest collections of farming equipment an artifacts in the Mid-Atlantic region. The original Almshouse, where part of the collection can be found, was originally built in 1852 to give the downtrodden a place to stay in exchange for work.
The Almshouse operated for 112 years and then closed in 1965. The Carroll County Farm Museum was opened the next year, in 1966. There are 7 rooms that you can walk through and explore within the famrhouse to learn more about life in the 1880’s. You can also check out rooms that give a look into the trades of the past including broom-making, tinsmithing, weaving, and spinning, to name a few.
Another point of interest on the grounds is the 1700s Hoff Memorial Log Barn, which was built without nails. Pretty neat.
There is also a small petting zoo where children can meet barnyard animals like sheep and goats. In terms of living history, they have “The Children’s Touch Room” where kids can touch, grab, and feel historic objects.
Events at the Museum
There are a lot of big events and festivals that take place at the museum throughout the year including the upcoming Maryland Wine Festival. The Secret Garden R&B/Neo-Soul Music, Arts, & Wine Festival also occurs several times throughout the year.
The Secret Garden includes awesome music and plenty of vendors to keep the party rolling all day long. It’s a huge event with many attendees. If you’re interested in checking it out, click here.
In October, there will also be a Fall Harvest Celebration that will be free to attend. At the festival, you’ll be able to create your own scarecrow, paint pumpkins, try the corn cannon, and more!
You can even host your own event at the museum. To learn more about their pavilions and indoor spaces, click here.