We went on the road very early, headed to Coggeshall Farm Museum, in Bristol, RI, in order to participate in their BREAKFAST in the BARNYARD program. This is a Farm Museum which operates exactly as in the late 187o’s, down to the garments the farm attendants wear. It was a good experience in which the kids and I got to interact with pigs, chickens, turkeys,
horses, mules, and cows. We were permitted to pet the animals, brush them, and even milk one of the cows! I especially liked that part since this was my first experience doing so. It was much easier than I thought, and she was very mild-mannered, patiently letting everyone take a turn at squeezing her jigglers.
The little farm-house is decorated with scarce furnishings from the 19th century. It has a very old-fashioned kitchen were we were delighted to eat some freshly made johnnycakes.
In summary, I would totally recommend this as a family outing. Word of caution – the turkeys do not appreciate being teased. My nephew Alex quickly found this out when he started making funny turkey sounds and three turkeys lined up in attack mode ready to confront him. I had to come to the rescue and appease the birds. Luckily one of the farm attendants had warned us in the beginning of the tour to just stay still and quiet if at any point we felt nervous around one of the animals, and that’s what we did until the turkeys backed off.
Bring a hat, a water bottle, and get some sunblock and bug spray on before your visit. As we left the farm we also had a chance to make a quick stop by Bristol Harbor, which is gorgeous. This day trip serves to partially accomplish goal #24 on my list.
Have you ever had a farm animal try to attack you?