Your Visit to the NH Farm Museum
1305 White Mountain Highway
Route 125 /
PO Box 644
Milton, NH 03851
2013 Hours & Admission
Open weekends: May 18th - June 15th 10:00 am - 5:00 pm & weekdays for school & group tours.
Open for the season: June 15th through October 13th Wednesday thru Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open weekends October 13th through November 10th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Also open off- season for school & group tours, special programs and events. Check our calendar.
The last farmhouse tour leaves at 3:30 pm
Museum General Admission Fees ~ Full Season
$4 child ages 4-17 yrs (children under 4 no charge)
$20 family rate (2 adults & their children or grandchildren)
$6 senior/student – applies to all school/group programs for children ages 4 and up.
Museum Members are admitted free of charge during regular season except for special fundraising events and off-season where discounted admission to workshops and programs is offered.
Enjoy a visit to our historic working farm and museum. There is plenty to see from agricultural exhibits to heritage breed farm animals and fields of heirloom vegetables and gardens as well as displays of carriages and tractors and guided tours of the historic Jones Farmhouse. We have trails through the woods and fields and picnic tables. You can spend two hours or bring a picnic and spend the day. Or just visit our Country Store for our own farm grown vegetables, eggs from our free range chickens and New Hampshire made products.
Just a few things to keep in mind:
- Photography is welcome but not allowed on the Farmhouse tour except by special arrangement.
- We're sorry but dogs are not allowed on museum grounds.
- Smoking is not allowed on museum grounds.
- Most buildings are handicapped accessible including the Country Store, the historic farmhouse and the barn.
What To See
The Jones Farmhouse: available by guided tour only, tours hourly.
The Jones Farm and connected farm buildings extend 275 feet and range in date from the 1770s to the early 1900s. Each part of the connected farm structure tells a different story about rural life and work in the past. A tour of the Jones farmhouse allows the visitor to walk through time from Joseph Plumer's Revolutionary War Era cape, to Levi Jones’ early 19th-century tavern, into the Victorian parlor and dining room, and ending in the early 20th-century farm kitchen. In the Jones farmhouse you will find a vast collection of artifacts utilized in domestic production of textiles and preservation of food, furnishings and myriad household articles highlighting "Yankee ingenuity".
The Great Barn: explore on your own
Housed within the three-story, 104-foot Great Barn at the Jones Farm is one of New Hampshire’s greatest treasures: a collection of farm tools, implements, and machinery that was used to clear land, plant fields, harvest crops, construct buildings, and maintain community roads. You’ll also see perhaps the most extensive collection of milk bottles from the dairies the once proliferated the New Hampshire countryside. Try the big yellow barn hunt or just look at the exhibits.
The Plummer Homestead: Farmer’s residence, not open to the public
The adjoining farmhouse was acquired by the NH Farm Museum in 1993. The Plummer homestead was owned by the Plummer family (originally spelled Plumer) for two centuries. The Plummer Farm houses our farmer and interns and is only open to the public for scheduled workshops and programs, lectures, guided tours, and special events such as our summer annual meeting and our holiday Wine & Cheese Tasting. The Plummer homestead is the base for our farm operation and houses the main collection of farm animals.
The John York Cider Mill: explore on your own
Between the Jones and the Plummer farms sits a hexagonal-shaped timber frame building. The building was constructed by volunteers in 2001 and houses an apple exhibit and a massive horse-powered knob mill that dates to the early 19th century. Cider was the most common table drink of early New England and most towns had at least one or two cider mills. Our cider mill is dedicated to John York, one of the founders of the Farm Museum.
The Pole Barn Tractor & Carriage Display: explore on your own
Our collection of historic tractors and carriages is on display in the pole barn which was constructed by volunteers in 2000.
The Blacksmith Shop: Open for demonstrations most Saturdays
Although the blacksmith shop is not original to the Jones Farm (it was moved here from Winnisquam), it is representative of farm structures common to rural New Hampshire. Farmers often adopted a skill such as blacksmithing which allowed them to repair their own equipment, make their tools, and shoe their horses as well as diversify their income doing these tasks for others. This shop was built by Charles Cate in Winnisquam and was later moved to Belmont where it stood on the farm of the late Arthur Hill. Many of the tools in the shop came from these two owners and date to the mid- 19th century.
The Shoe Shop
The shoe shop was relocated to the Farm Museum from Newton Junction, NH, where it was built around 1870. Small structures like our shoe shop were common rural structures known as “ten footers” as they are about ten foot square. This shop was used for piecework and the assembly of shoes; this kind of skill allowed farm families to earn cash during the long winter.
The Forest Trails: ask for a map in our Country Store
The Farm Museum’s 50 acres of fields and forest include a beautiful network of woodland trails. Bring your hiking boots and explore the trails as well as the adjacent 300-acre Jones Forest owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. You may also want to include a visit to the family cemetery on your hike
From North: Spaulding Turnpike south to Exit 18. Right on 125S. Museum is on right, approx 2 miles.
From South: Spaulding Turnpike north to Exit 17. Right onto Route 75. Left onto Route 125N. Museum is on left, approx. 5 miles.
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