Crook Farm

Crook Farm School Program Dean Fox and Linda Brocius visited with Bradford children during their lunch break during the May 2019 event, the last time the facility conducted the event. The historic farm now plans to conduct a Kids’ Day program Aug. 14.

For the past couple of years, volunteers with the Crook Farm School Program have missed seeing area school children who visited the historic Bradford farm to experience learning during a bygone era.

Those same volunteers hope to recapture some of the fun of recreating life for a child in the 1800s when they conduct the Crook Farm Kids’ Day from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 14. The cost is $5 per child, but as space will be limited to 30, reservations should be done early. The event is open to children who will be in grades three through five in the upcoming school year.

Longtime Crook Farm School Program volunteer Judy Yorks said Bradford Landmark Society, which owns and oversees the historic farm on Seaward Avenue, said the original date of the event had been moved from Aug. 7 to Aug. 14. This will allow for more time to set up the program.

“Since we couldn’t have the school program for the past two years (due to the pandemic) we thought this would be a nice way for kids could go down there to see what it’s all about,” Yorks said. “We want to give the kids an idea of what it was like to live in the 1800s. In the morning, what we’re going to do with the kids is give them a tour (of the farm), kind of what we have done with the school program.”

She said this will include stops at each of the buildings to dip candles, work in the summer kitchen and weaving house. She said formal classes won’t be held in the school house, instead someone will read to the children.

“We will provide them with their lunch and then in the afternoon we want to have games and activities from back in the 1800s,” she added. This will include jump rope and hopscotch. In addition, crafts will be conducted by volunteer Linda Brocius and will include making yarn dolls with the children. The youngsters can also transfer photos to tin by pounding the images with nails.

She said volunteers hope to set up the Crook Farm store located on the grounds where replicas of older toys or items will be sold to the children.

Sally Costik, curator of Bradford Landmark, said items that will be sold in the store will include Yo-Yos, small toys, Jacob’s ladders, T-shirts and other items.

Yorks noted masks will be required when the children are in groups during indoor settings.

To register or for more information, call Yorks at (814)368-7807 and leave a message, if necessary.

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