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MUST-SEE FAMILY TRAVEL: The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

The Farmers' Museum, Cooperstown NY
Entrance to the colorful "Historic Village" at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown (photo by Eric)
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If you feel the barn door has shut on ever finding a new travel attraction for your next vacation, we heartily recommend visiting The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., as a remedy to your trip planning challenge.

This educational and entertaining living outdoor museum wonderfully depicts our rural American heritage through some through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits.

This recreated historic village, circa 1845, features some glorious, well-preserved Upstate New York architecture through a series of buildings. Here, you'll find the local apothecary, blacksmith shop, a working farmstead, print shop, tavern, beautiful historic gardens, a general store and the amazing Empire State Carousel. The carousel is the result of 20 years of hard work, carved by volunteer artists. This amazing work of art includes:

Twenty-five hand-carved animals representing New York State

More than 300 ft. of hand stencils of the bluebird, rose, apple, sugar maple leaf and state map

Chariot rides of a scallop shell (the State shellfish) and an Erie Canal Boat

Hand-carved frames around the mirrors depicting 11 different regions of New York

Folklore panels, characterizing Uncle Sam and Deerslayer, and portrait panels of historical figures like Susan B. Anthony, Teddy Roosevelt, Grandma Moses and Jackie Robinson enhancing the rounding boards.

Empire State Carousel, Cooperstown NY
Empire State Carousel

We could ride the carousel all day. I don't think we've seen a better carousel and we've been to quite a few.  I can't remember ever seeing a carousel with this level of detail and craftsmanship.

But remember, the Carousel is just part of the overall rich experience of The Farmers' Museum. This is certainly no stuffy display of history. We just love coming here and experiencing life from another time, enjoying the sweet Leatherstocking County/Cooperstown fresh air, viewing the beautiful farm land and rolling hills, and meeting and talking with the friendly knowledgeable staff. I also can't begin to tell you how many people we have met there that have been more than pleasantly surprised on what this living outdoor museum has to offer.

While most popular in the summer (the patriotic July 4th event is always memorable), The Farmers' Museum is also an exceptional place to visit during the foliage-rich fall, the spring (for maple sugar runoff), and, of course, during the holiday season for its truly special December Candlelight Evening. The Candlelight Evening (2011 date to be announced) offers a fabulous traditional holiday celebration with thousands of luminaries and caroling, mule-drawn wagon rides, winter games, Santa telling stories in the old schoolhouse, and delicious wassail around the warm campfires throughout the historic village.  Coming here, one realizes really what a traditional Christmas is really all about. And it's, quite simply, a beautiful scene.  As Santa once said to us after the warmest greeting, "This is something out of Currier and Ives."

Candelight Evening at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown NY
Candelight Evening at The Farmers' Museum.

We absolutely love the Farmers' Museum! It's surely part of the Cooperstown matrix that we have come to fall in love with as the Museum reflects the authenticity, purity, natural beauty and wholesome fun of the region.

Historic home at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown NY.
What life was like circa 1845 at The Farmers' Museum.

This is one travel destination we make sure to visit during our Cooperstown vacations. We heartily recommend putting The Farmers' Museum on your "A' list when planning your Cooperstown vacation.

Editor's note: we recommend visiting The Farmers' Museum Web Site to check out its hours of operation and calendar of events
The Farmers' Museum
Rt. 80, Lake Rd.
Cooperstown NY
Tel. (607) 547-1500

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