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Farm Heritage Day

August 11 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Spend a day “on the farm” at the Geneva Historical Society’s biennial Farm Heritage Day at the Johnston House. This event gives visitors, particularly families, the chance to sample 19th-century farm life through games, period crafts and farming activities, presentations, and exhibits. “Farm Heritage Day” is free and open to the public.

Programming at Farm Heritage Day will reflect life and work on the Johnston family’s farm in the 1800s. Hands-on activities will help visitors connect to the past—learning about the region’s history while having fun. Planned activities include: operating an antique cornsheller, making butter, and testing milking skills on a simulated milk cow. Throughout the day there will be activity stations or presentations on 19th-century music and housework. There will be crafts and 19th-century games for kids to try out and the opportunity to meet a variety of farm animals. Representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension will share information about modern farming and food production, while the Ward W. O’Hara Museum will have information about their agricultural museum and programs and Geneva Reads will distribute children’s books. In honor of the Johnston’s Scottish Heritage Dollin O’Dey will perform a concert of Celtic music from 2 pm to 4 pm. The Johnston House and the Weaver Drain Tile Museum will be open to visitors throughout the day. Farm Heritage Day will take place out of doors, rain or shine, on the grounds of the Johnston House.

The 1822 Johnston House sits on part of what was once the Johnston family farm. Scottish immigrant John Johnston and his wife Margaret raised six daughters and two granddaughters on their Fayette farm.

Johnston House is administered by the Geneva Historical Society at 543 South Main Street, Geneva, New York. For more information about this program visit


August 11
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Johnston House
3523 East Lake Road
Geneva, NY 14456
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Geneva Historical Society