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Heritage Events

Sheep Herding Competition:

Emily Falk, a local veterinarian, sheep producer, and border collie trainer, will be hosting a sheep herding competition at the Matthews Farm Museum on the weekend of June 11-12. The arena-style trial will demonstrate some of the important skills a good stock dog has that are useful on the farm. Spectators are invited to watch the competition and visit the Farm Museum. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Emily at


Kick Back The Rug: Community Social circa 1900:

Matthews Living History Farm Museum hosts a Community Social modeled after the traditional summer socials circa 1900. There will be a square dance, box supper and ice cream social. Local musicians will provide music. A professional caller will guide visitors through the basic moves in square dancing. At intermission, there will be a traditional cake walk, giving folks a chance to win home baked cakes. Local fiber artists will demonstrate spinning, weaving and/or quilting and offer wares for sale, and offer a chance for visitors to try their hands at one or more activities.

Civil War Living History:  Saturday, August 27, from 9am - 9pm, & Sunday, August 28, from 9am - 3pm

This event will demonstrate life in a Civil War encampment, including period costumes and living quarters, parades, weapons demonstrations, drills, skirmishes, music and cooking. Visitors are welcome to actively learn by strolling through the camp, viewing military drills and demonstrations and engaging in conversations with the re-enactors.

Arts Council Quilt Show:

The sight of colorful quilts flying through the pastures of the Farm Museum is an experience not soon forgotten.  Area quilters bring their finest efforts for display along with the stories that are part of the quilts. Visitors enjoy the stories and the results of hours of labor that the quilts represent. Prizes are given and many of the quilts are offered for sale. Vendors with fiber related products are available for shoppers as are a variety of fiber demonstrations and activities.  Music and food and other entertainment are available at this event as well.

Heritage Day:

 A variety of demonstrators set up around the grounds, showing our visitors how their skills were used on the farm - many sell the items they are making. Visitors are invited to try their hand at several of the activities. Gardens are on display and Master Gardeners provide educational programming and materials for visitors to take home. Music is incorporated into the experience by live, local musicians. Food, drinks, bathrooms, and a shaded Pavilion are also provided.


Pumpkin Festival:

See your lighted pumpkins on display!! Drop your carved pumpkins at the Matthew's Living History Farm Museum anytime between Monday, October 17, through Friday, October 21. (Please leave your name and phone number inside the pumpkin.) The pumpkins will be lit and on display each evening throughout the week. Saturday, October 22, at 4pm will be the pumpkin judging. Prizes will be given for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Light refreshments will be served.