It’s no exaggeration to say that dairy farming in Vermont traces its ancestry back to this working farm in the village of Woodstock, which bred the Jersey cows that jumpstarted the industry in the 19th century. Now it’s an excellent living history museum preserved by the National Park Service, full of interactive exhibits where kids can learn about farm life both in the 1800s and today.
In addition to the herd of Jerseys, there are horses, goats, and other animals — along with plenty of human fascination in the recreated farmhouse and exhibits of farming implements. For a true meet-and-greet with Vermont’s most famous farm animal, visit during the annual Cow Appreciation Day each summer.
Billings Farm & Museum is located next to Marsh – Billings – Rockefeller National Historic Park, another notable attraction worth exploring with kids while in Woodstock, Vermont.
Billings Farm & Museum is open daily, May 1 to October 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is open on weekends only November to February, but opens for a full week at Christmas and during Vermont vacation break in February. Hours during this time are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is $14 for adults ages 16 to 61; $13 for seniors 62 and up; $8 for children 5 to 15; $4 for children 3 to 4; and free for children under age 3. Credit cards are accepted.