Posted by: Kirsten | Monday, 29 October 2007

Learning’s No Chore at Claude Moore Colonial Farm

Claude Moore Colonial Farm, VirginiaIf you haven’t been-there-done-that already, the fall schedule at Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean, Virginia still has plenty of events on the calendar for you and your homeschool crew. Send your questions to the Friends of Claude Moore via their website at

Fall Chores
Sunday, November 4, 1 – 4 pm

Bring your work gloves and help as the farm family transitions from summer work in the fields to fall chores. The farm family will need extra hands to help as they clear brush out of the fields, repair old fencing, and perform many other necessary farm tasks.

Sale of Children’s Books, Toys & Games
Saturday, November 10, 10 am – 5 pm

This sale will include several thousand children’s books, stuffed animals, toys, games, puzzles, and other items for children.

Farm Skills Program
Hands-On for School & Camp Groups
Thursdays through November 15 (Reservations required)

This program is designed to give hands-on experience of several skills necessary for an 18th-century farm. The activities are set up in stations around the Market Fair grounds, and participants may go from station to station as they choose, spending as much or as little time as they wish at each activity.

GateHouse Holiday Shop Open House
Tuesday, November 27, 5 – 8pm

Enjoy traditional mulled cider, butter cake and ginger cookies, the warmth of the open fire and Christmas music while you shop in the peaceful atmosphere at the Farm.

Sunday, December 9, 1 – 4pm

Stand fast, root! Bear well, top!
God send us a howling crop!

In the dead of winter the apple trees need encouragement to bear well during the coming year. Gather in the Farm’s orchard to wassail the trees with singing, dancing and chants to ensure a “howling crop.” Enjoy hot spiced cider, sugar cakes, a bonfire and 18th century games.  Weather permitting – call ahead.

In my next article, I’ll share with you how to make a park visit in style using colonial clothing ideas from the Friends of Claude Moore.  Stay tuned…!

— Jon

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