By: J. Elaine VonCannon, Associate Broker, ABR, SRES, Notary, Team Leader, Residential and Commercial Property Manager
Meadow Farm is an 1860 living history farm focusing on middle-class rural life just before the upheaval of the Civil War.
The estate is now owned and operated by Henrico County as the Meadow Farm Museum. The 1860 period living history farmsite and museum presents programs and exhibits on the culture of the rural South. The buildings include the farmhouse, barn, doctor's office, blacksmith forge and kitchen.
The museum is featured in "Welcome to the Meadow Farm Museum", a 10-minute Henrico County TV film available for viewing online
Costumed interpreters provide insights into the lives of Dr. John Mosby Sheppard, the owner of Meadow Farm, and his family. On select weekends, they demonstrate daily and seasonal activities in the farmhouse, barn, doctor's office, blacksmith forge, kitchen, fields, and pastures.
The Museum also offers a full schedule of workshops, special events, living history programs and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. The Meadow Farm Museum Orientation Center features a reception area for visitors, exhibit galleries, a gift shop and program room.
This site is a popular place for visitors and includes Crump Park, Meadow Farm Museum, and RF&P Park. Crump Park features playgrounds, picnic shelters, trails, large open fields, and a fishing pond. Grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk.
Meadow Farm Museum: See the restored 1860 living historical 150-acre farm of Dr. John Mosby Sheppard. The grounds include a farmhouse, farm outbuildings, animals, a working farm and an orientation center.
Visitors will see the Meadow Farm staff in 1860s period clothing as they go about the business on the farm. The majority of the programs are on the weekend when the park expects the most visitors, said Anna Truong, site manager for Meadow Farm Museum.
Most of the programs are geared for ages 5 and up, but Meadow Farm often entertains large school field trips. Children can learn about farm life through demonstrations, discussions and practice their animal noises and knowledge. Visitors cannot feed the animals, but can watch the staff up close as they carry out their chores on the farm.
“Usually little ones five and older can manage the walking tour and understand the programs,“ said Truong, adding that the animals are the most popular attraction at the farm, especially for families.
“We have a small location but a wide-open space and people can get up close to many animals—many that they wouldn’t see in the city,“ Truong said.
The Sheppards received a land grant in 1713 after paying their passage from England to America. They were entitled to about 200 acres of land. The family acquired another 200 acres from another settler to complete the farm.
The farm and parkland was donated to Henrico County in 1975 by Elizabeth Adam Crump, wife of the late Adjutant General of Virginia, Sheppard Crump. Meadow Farm is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Crump Park Features:
- fishing pond
- open play area
- picnic reservations
- play equipment
- hiking/nature trail
- picnic area
- picnic shelters
I have taken my family to this site when my grandchildren were younger and they had a fabulous day!