Thursday, May 27, 2010

Coggeshall Farm needs volunteers

In two areas: Historic Research and Garden Maintenance The first is for some one to help us with historic title research. The museum needs to identify the chain of ownership for not just the museum's property but also the properties on Poppasquash, and the rest of Bristol as well. These records become somewhat hard to follow during the museum's period of the late 18th century, and are absolutely critical for informing the accuracy and educational merit of the museum exhibit.

We're also looking for some help maintaining the museum's recreated late 18th century kitchen garden which has just been redesigned by consultant Christie Higginbottom. Christie brought nearly 30 years of experience and research from her work at Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts, and has worked on numerous projects throughout New England. Working with the museum and our local primary sources, Christie has redesigned the museum's garden exhibit to more accurately reflect our sources and also enable the museum to cultivate rare heirloom varieties of vegetables, some of which could only be located in Canada, or in private hands. We are looking for a few good hands to assist with general garden work and especially hand weeding which is very intensive at this point in garden history.

Anyone interested in volunteering at the museum is encouraged to send us an email at, or give us a call at 401.253.9062.

Coggeshall Farm is still in the process of finding a "Farm Manager" (Note: Not an executive director). Many educational programs are currently in the planning process and will be announced at a later date.

Thank you.

Justin L. Squizzero
Director of Historic Interpretation
Coggeshall FARM MUSEUM

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