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The 18th century Farm Site is closed  November 26 and November 27 so that our staff can enjoy the holiday with their families. Happy Thanksgiving!


Sunday, December 14, 1p.m.- 4 p.m.

Gather in the Farm's orchard to Wassail ("wish good health to") th apple trees with singing, dancing, and chants to ensure a 'howling crop'. Enjoy hot spiced cider, ginger biscuits, a bonfire and 18th century games. 

Other upcoming Special Events:

Gatehouse Holiday Shop ( Wednesday November 19 through Sunday December 21, 10 am- 5 pm; closed Monday & Tuesdays) Do you want to avoid the crowds at the mall while still completing your holiday gift shopping? The Gatehouse Shop sells unique handmade toys, ornaments, local jams, jewelery, soaps, home accessories, garden gifts, books, collectibles and more. All proceeds help support the Farm's educational programs. No admission fee.

Upcoming Education Programs (paid advanced reservations required):

Farm Skills (Thursday, September 25, October 2, 9, 23, 30 and November 6 and 13 from 10 am until 12)- This hands on program teaches important 18th century Farm Skills like carding and spinning wool,  pounding corn  into meal, dipping candles and games children played. This program also includes a self-guided farm visit. Minimum age 4, $5.00 fee, paid reservations required; contact
for more information.   All Dates for the Farm skills program are currently full. Please check back for our spring dates.

What are we?

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run is a living history museum that portrays family life on a small, low-income farm in 1771, just prior to the Revolutionary War. This privately operated National Park, located in McLean, Virginia, has served more than 1.9 million visitors since it opened, and is host to increasing numbers each year.

The popularity of the Farm is due in large part to its continuing focus on authenticity and its ongoing encouragement of both child and adult visitors to participate in the daily activities of an 18th century family farm. Experiential learning is a growing trend with most museums and the Farm has been a leader in this —-for 40 years.

The Farm has achieved national recognition for its innovative educational programming that uses the 18th-century Farm as an authentic representation of colonial agricultural history to provide perspective and context for present day life. Each year, thousands of students visit this working class farm, which recreates the life and times of a family living in northern Virginia in 1771.

Hours and Admission


18th Century Farm Site
    10 am - 4:30 pm
 (last admission is at 4 pm)

Market Fair
    Saturday & Sunday July 19 & 20
    Saturday & Sunday Oct. 18 & 19
    11 am - 4:30 pm

Book Sales-    
    Noon-7 p.m.
    (closed the Saturdays of Market Fair)

Plant Sales-
    Closed for the Season


 18th Century Farm Site
    Adults- $3.00
    Children and Seniors-$2.00

Market Fair

    Adults- $7.00 for adults
    Children and Seniors- $3.00

Free Admission

  • Current Farm Members
  • Press
  • NPS Golden Eagle, Golden Age, or Golden Access pass-holders

Group discounted rates are available. For more information please email groupvisits@1771.org

Please note: Pets are not permitted on the 18th century Farm or at the Market Fairs.   Service Animals are welcome.

Inclement Weather Policy:

The 18th century Farm will open every day, Wednesday through Sunday, April through mid-December, with the exception of Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and:

  • if high winds, excessive rain or other weather conditions make the farm site unsafe;
  • if Fairfax County Public Schools are closed due to snow.

The Farm will cancel special programs and events in cases of extreme inclement weather. If the weather is questionable, please call the Farm Office (703-442-7557) or GateHouse Shop (703-903-9330) before you visit.


Farm Skills Inclement Weather Cancellation Policy:

If the Farm cancels a program due to extreme inclement weather, we will either refund your $50 deposit or reschedule within the season if possible.

If you choose not to come less than 10 days before the program, and the program is still held, your $50 deposit is non-refundable though we will reschedule within the season if possible.

For more information on group visits, volunteering, our market fairs, educational programs or general Farm questions, please email hbodin@1771.org or call 703-442-7557.