The Billings Farm & Museum, gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage, features one of the finest dairy farms in America and a museum of Vermont’s rural past. The farm continues a long tradition of agricultural excellence, dating back to 1871, when native Vermonter Frederick Billings set out to build a farm and forestry operation that would serve future generations as a model of wise stewardship. His farm flourished and today, is still an operating farm, continued through the stewardship of Billings’ granddaughter Mary French Rockefeller and her husband, conservationist Laurance Spelman Rockefeller.
In the barns, see farm work first-hand, including care of the Jersey herd, draft horses, sheep, oxen, and chickens. Explore the horse barn, calf nursery, milk room, and dairy barn and get comfortable with the farm’s livestock through interactive activities, programs, and events. Attend a farm program – many are offered daily – and stop by the dairy barn for the afternoon milking of the herd.
The meticulously restored and furnished 1890 Farm House – hub of the farm and forestry operation a century ago – features the farm office, family living quarters, and creamery, where butter was produced for market. Engaging tours and programs explore 19th century farm and domestic life. The Vermont Farm Year exhibits displayed in the farm’s 19th century barns depict the home, community, and work that shaped the lives and culture of rural Vermonters.