Hear the bellows blow and watch hot iron worked by hammer at Blacksmithing Weekend. Demonstrating traditional tool and hardware making, blacksmiths working on a number of forges will show the versatility of the blacksmith’s craft. Learn the tips and secrets of the trade from our knowledgeable staff and visiting blacksmiths.
Included with regular museum admission––free for members!
Saturday and Sunday, June 8–9 • 10:00am–5:00pm
Turn up the heat during Blacksmithing Weekend at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, Saturday and Sunday, June 8–9 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Hear the bellows blow and see hot iron worked by hammer in the 1827 Field Blacksmith Shop. Watch our team of blacksmiths demonstrate traditional tool and hardware making. A total of five blacksmiths will be on-site operating three additional portable forges at different locations on the museum grounds–each featuring different artisanal skill levels, showing the versatility of the blacksmith’s craft. Learn the tips and secrets of the trade as well as the cultural and historical significance of a 19th-century blacksmith from these knowledgeable professionals.
Each weekend, life in 1845 continues throughout the museum’s country village and farmstead. Don’t miss the Empire State Carousel, the museum you can ride, and the Children’s Barnyard with its sheep, goats, and other animals. Kids can also visit our new Grow Patch play-and-learn area.
Our new exhibition BREW: New York’s Craft Beer Revival is now on view. Take part in related programming including hop and brewing tours (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.) and beer tasting at Bump Tavern during Blacksmithing Weekend features Cooperstown Brewing Company (Saturday, June 8 from noon–2:00 p.m.).
Food will be available in the museum’s Crossroads Café serving-up hamburgers and veggie burgers, mac and cheese, and Philly cheesesteaks. Grab a side dish of macaroni salad or coleslaw or order a slushee to cool yourself down.
Blacksmithing Weekend is included with regular museum admission. Adults (13-64): $12.00; seniors (65+): $10.50; youth (7-12): $6.00; children (6 and under) are free. Museum members are always admitted free, as are active-duty and retired career military. The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 Route 80 in Cooperstown, just north of the village. Visit FarmersMuseum.org for more information.
About The Farmers’ Museum
As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, the Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers’ Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.