Your Visit to the NH Farm Museum
New Hampshire Farm Museum
1305 White Mountain Highway
Route 125/ PO Box 644
Milton, NH 03851
2016 Hours & Admission
Open for school & group tours by reservation May 10th thru November
Open to the public May 28th to mid-June weekends only 10 am – 4 pm.
June 22nd to Labor Day open Wednesday thru Sunday 10 am - 5 pm.
Open Labor Day thru October 30th Friday thru Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
off - season: Open for special programs and events only. Check our calendar.
The last farmhouse tour leaves at 3:30 pm
Museum General Admission Fees
$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.
NH Farm Museum Members are admitted free of charge May 28th thru October with the exception of special fundraising events such as our pie festival. Members are offered discounted admission to off-season holiday events, workshops and programs.
Enjoy a visit to our historic working farm and museum. There is plenty to see from agricultural exhibits in the big yellow barn to heritage breed farm animals and heirloom vegetables and gardens as well as displays of carriages and tractors. We offer guided tours of the historic Jones Farmhouse on an hourly schedule 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. 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 farm grown vegetables, eggs from our free range chickens, great farm books and local crafts 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 starting at 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.
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 one of the most extensive collections of milk bottles from the dairies that once proliferated the New Hampshire countryside. Children will enjoy our Big Yellow Barn Hunt and play area.
The John York Cider Mill: explore on your own/ this building is often used for farm camps in summer and not always accessible.
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 apple crusher 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 Plummer Homestead Farm
The adjoining farm was acquired by the NH Farm Museum in 1993. The Plummer homestead is the base of the Museum’s farming operation and the grounds can be visited on a guided farm tour or a self guided walk to the fields and pastures. This historic farm was owned by the Plummer family (originally spelled Plumer) for two centuries. The Plummer Farmhouse is not generally open to the public and provides housing for our farmer and interns.
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.
Directions: 1305 White Mountain Highway, Milton New Hampshire, 03851
From the south: Take Spaulding Turnpike (Rte 16) to Exit 18. Turn Right on rte. 125 S. Museum is on right, approx 1.5 miles. From North: Take Spaulding Turnpike south to Exit 18. Turn onto Route 125 South. Museum is on right 1. 5 miles.
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