WESTMINSTER — The Carroll County Farm Museum will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year with some old favorite attractions and activities, as well as some new ones.
Reservations for group tours, beginning April 2, are being accepted now for the 1991 season.
The tour will reflect our rural past and show a tradition of family resourcefulness and survival.
Tours may be scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday on a first-come, first-served basis; Friday is open for senior citizen group tours.
Weekend group tours and walk-in visitors are welcomed May 1.
Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. weekends.
This anniversary year also includes special living history days and activity day programs that will enable visitors to expand their knowledge of times past by witnessing and/or participating in events.
Some activities planned are a washday, farming day, family day, tea party in the Rose Garden and more.
Heritage crafts, such as broommaking, blacksmithing, tinsmithing,quilting, spinning and weaving, will be demonstrated.
Other attractions are the farm animals: donkeys, peacocks, goats, horses, pigs, chickens, ducks and the resident farm cat.
Exhibit areas display period farm tools, machinery, horse-drawn vehicles, a veterinary office, log cabin and more.
Braille booklets are available for use as aguide to the outside exhibit areas.
School, church, civic and special population groups have found the Farm Museum to be a popular day-trip destination since its 1966 opening.
Discount admission ratesare available for groups of 20 or more and the lawns are plenished with picnic tables for lunch, as well as two pavilions obtainable at an additional charge.
Season passes are available to the museum. Cost is $15 for individuals and $35 for families.
Passes may be usedfor admission to the museum during regular hours of operation and atspecial events except for the Maryland Wine Festival.
Pass holders also receive a discount at the Farm Museum's new "General Store," invitations to premier specials and a comprehensive booklet of the year's activities.
The Farm Museum is at 500 S. Center St., across from Carroll County General Hospital.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.