WOODSTOCK, VERMONT . . . Celebrate Billings Farm & Museum’s “Old Vermont 4th”
on Friday, July 4, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., featuring traditional music, flag-making, hand cranked ice cream, horse-drawn wagon rides, patriotic speeches, and debates. A special feature will be the continuous showing of The Making of Liberty, a 55-minute documentary by internationally recognized filmmaker Charles Guggenheim.
Throughout the day, families may make their own 43-star flags (the flag of 1890), Uncle Sam bookmarks, presidential silhouettes, fireworks stencils, and compete in sack races, crank fresh strawberry ice cream, and enjoy a wagon ride.
Debates and speeches have played a key role in the Independence Day observance, as was the reading of the Declaration of Independence, which will occur at noon. At 1:00 p.m., there will be a men’s debate on the topic, “Will there come a time when the Earth’s population will be limited by the Earth’s capacity of food production?” Adults and older students can test their 19th century vocabulary skills in spirited spelling bees.
The dramatic documentary, The Making of Liberty, which tells the story of Statue of Liberty – from her conception in 1868 to her restoration and rededication on 1986 – will be shown on the hour in the visitor center theater.
Admission includes all activities and programs, plus the operating dairy farm, farm life exhibits, and the restored and furnished 1890 Farm House.
The Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation Inc., a charitable non-profit institution, founded by Mary French and Laurance Spelman Rockefeller. For further information: 802/457-2355 or www.billingsfarm.org.
Billings Farm is an operating Jersey dairy farm that continues a 143-year tradition of agricultural excellence and offers farm programs and historical exhibits that explore Vermont’s rural heritage and values. The Farm & Museum has served as a gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage for over a million visitors and 100,000 of the region’s school children.
For information: 802/457-2355 or www.billingsfarm.org.