Muscoot Farm was originally
a "Gentleman's Farm" owned by the Hopkins Family and used as their summer
estate and dairy farm from 1880 to 1924. In 1924 the
family moved to the farm year-round and continued the
dairy business until 1967 when Westchester County acquired
Today, Muscoot Farm has many
of the original buildings, some of which were moved
to accommodate the Muscoot Reservoir. Visitors can walk
through the Dairy Barn, Milk House, Ice House, BlacksmithShop
and several other barns and buildings. Livestock and
poultry are breeds typical of an early 20th century
gentleman's farm and many represent minor (rare) breeds.
Owned and operated by the Westchester
County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation.
Muscoot Farm is open year-round and offers a full schedule
of programs for families, as well as tours, farmyard
visits and hayrides for groups by reservation. More
than seven miles of hiking trails allow visitors to
explore some of Muscoot's 777 acres through fields,
woodlands and wetlands. Trail maps are available in
the Reception Center. For the protection of our animals
and our visitors, petting and feeding of the farm animals
is not permitted and dogs are not allowed at Muscoot.
Programs are offered for families
on weekends. Some, like Meet the Baby Animals, Tractor
Day and Pumpkin Picking, are annual events. Others provide
new experiences for visitors and may focus on many different
themes. In addition, a variety of workshops are offered
on Saturdays throughout the year. Call the farm for
a calendar of events.
Public hayrides for $2 are given on
Sunday afternoons, weather permitting, and give a different
perspective of the farm. Kids enjoy being up on the
wagon. Hayrides are available to groups, weather permitting,
April through October. A tractor-pulled hay wagon takes
visitors beyond the farm complex to hay fields and the
Ice Pond, offering a different perspective of the farm.
Children entering grades 3 through
8 can experience life on a farm as it was lived many
years ago. Animal chores, milking, cooking, and hand-churning
ice cream are some of the activities children participate
in during the week. This special program just for kids
is held July through mid-August on Monday thru Friday
from 9am until 3pm and costs just $275 per week.
Our "Down on the Farm Pre-K Program"
is held during the months of Marcy and April for children
ages 3, 4, & 5. Youngsters and their parents will
have an opportunity to learn about farming, goats, cows,
& pigs through a variety of fun activities. Click
link above for more information.
Our Herb Garden fills the air with
fragrance. A sensory garden, a kitchen garden and a
memorial herb garden create one of the most peaceful
places on the farm.
The Main Farm House at Muscoot, one
the Hopkins family home, displays a gallery of paintings
by local artists. Different artists exhibit their work
each month from May through October. The gallery is
open to the public on weekends from noon to 4 p.m.
More than seven miles of marked trails
are available for hiking the fields and forests of Muscoot
Farm. Trail maps can be picked up in the Reception Center.
Full color maps are available for purchase at the Farm
A variety of foods and beverages can
be purchased on weekends May through October, as well
as weekdays in the summer, weather permitting.
Muscoot Farm is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. year