Fall foliage and pumpkin patches aren't the only way to celebrate autumn throughout Newport & Bristol County. Mount Hope Farm, the 127 acre National Historic Site in Bristol RI, will host it's annual Farmfest Celebration on Saturday,October 31 from 10 am to 2 pm.
The free festival is held throughout the open space, buildings and grounds of the historic farm at 250Metacom Avenue with historical tours, Native American storytellers, reenactment militia, farm animals, hayrides and much more. Halloween costumes encouraged (and rewarded, see below)!
Alongside the Farmers Market, historic tours of multiple properties including the 1745 Governor Bradshaw House, the 1800s Barn, and Cove Cabin, and live re-enactments of Continental Army Life, are myriad kid-friendly activities. Younger ones are invited to participate in games and educational scavenger hunts, plus free face painting, balloon animals and crafts. A 30-minute Farm School will takeplace at 11 am with lessons from the 4-H Goat Club Members who will show off their goat handling skills and offer tips on how best to care for hens, rabbits, sheep and goats. After you've soaked up all the wildlife you can, enjoy hot johnnycakes - a traditional snack baked fresh at the farm.
Hop on a free hayride on your way to visit Cove Cabin. The Cabin, which offers panoramic views of Mount Hope Bay, will feature a special exhibit of photos and films onthe building of the Mount Hope Bay Bridge. After exploring, head inside the heated tent at the Cabin for fabulous food and a live bluegrass performance. Kidsin costume will get a free (delicious) gift and can strut their costumes on the dance floor.
This year, the Farm proudly welcomes leaders and members of the Pokanoket tribe, who will offer storytelling, drumming and music, traditional smudging ceremonies, Native American crafts and a unique, privileged opportunity to learn more about Pokanoket culture and history.