Spending the Day at the National Colonial Farm

Photo courtesy Accokeek Foundation.

This week Mike guest blogs about a recent day trip he and his wife enjoyed.

My wife and I visited the National Colonial Farm located in the Piscataway National Park in Accokeek, MD on Saturday, 23 April; we enjoyed it very much. The National Colonial Farm is a living heritage farm (with re-enactors in period clothing) depicting life for a typical tobacco planter’s family in Prince George’s County in the 1770s.

Photo courtesy National Park Service.

The historic site includes a reconstructed 18th-century tobacco barn & farmhouse, a replica out-kitchen and garden, and a smokehouse. There are also lots of rare, heritage-breed farm animals in the park, such as Hog Island sheep, milking Devon cattle, and Ossabaw hogs. (If you go later in the day, you may be able to go in the barns and watch the staff feeding the animals — the lambs were especially cute and lively at feeding time!) There are also a museum garden, an ecosystem farm, a visitors’ center, and lots of trails in & around the farm. 

I highly recommend the riverview trail for a couple of beautiful views of George Washington’s Mt. Vernon directly across the Potomac River from the farm.

Additionally, while in this area, I recommend visits to the nearby Ft. Washington National Park (13551 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington, MD; open daily, 9-5; $5 admission fee) and Fort Foote National Park (8915 Fort Foote Road, Oxon Hill/Fort Washington, MD; open daily, dawn to dusk; free), as well as lunch or dinner at the Kabayan Filipino Restaurant (9223 Oxon Hill Rd., Fort Washington, MD; open M-Sat., 9-7 and Sun., 9-5:30).

Know Before You Go: There is an education center near the visitors’ center where the “Homegrown Coffeehouse” sometimes puts on concerts on Saturday evenings (https://www.facebook.com/HomegrownCoffeehouse/?fref=ts).

Getting there: 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek, MD

Hours: The Piscataway Park & farm grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk (no admission fee); however, the farm exhibit areas (with re-enactors) and visitors’ center/gift shop are only open Tues.-Sunday, 10-4.

Website: For more information about the National Colonial Farm & the Piscataway Park: http://www.accokeekfoundation.org,/ 301-283-2113.

Bonne route!

An Ossabaw hog. Photo courtesy Accokeek Foundation.

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