Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park
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.
Meadow Farm Museum, an 1860 living history farm site and museum, presents programs and exhibits on the culture of the rural South. Costumed interpreters provide insight into the lives of Dr. John Mosby Sheppard, the owner of Meadow Farm, and his family. On selected weekends, they demonstrate seasonal activities in the farmhouse, barn, doctor’s office, blacksmith forge, kitchen, fields, and pastures. Visitors can also stop by Meadow Farm’s Gift Shop for a variety of items.
Grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk.
Meadow Farm Museum
Historic Farmhouse, Orientation Center & Out Buildings.
March-November: Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-4pm
December-February*: Saturday & Sunday, Noon-4pm
*Closed first two weeks of January
View all Recreation Programs held at Meadow Farm Museum and Crump Park.
To view a complete list of Recreation programs and register online, visit HCRP Connect.
Registration is required in advance for all programs with a fee.
Free Programs & Events
Guided Animal Tours
- Saturday & Sunday, 10 am
Sat, 9-11am (Apr-Sept)
Ages 10+. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. If you enjoy gardening and the companionship of good folks, this may be the volunteer opportunity for you. The Meadow Farm Agricultural Guild works in the heirloom vegetable garden and in the crop field. Volunteer applications are required and available at the garden. Information: email@example.com
Meadow Farm was owned by seven generations of the Sheppard family, starting in the early 1700s. During the Jeffersonian era, two enslaved men named Tom and Pharaoh, owned by the Sheppard family, informed Mosby Sheppard of a proposed slave uprising that was to take place in Richmond on August 31, 1800. Mosby Sheppard contacted Gov. James Monroe, the local militia was called out and the uprising known as Gabriel’s Rebellion never took place.
Meadow Farm was inherited by Dr. John Mosby Sheppard after the death of his parents, Mosby and Elizabeth Sheppard. Dr. Sheppard, a well respected physician in Henrico, oversaw the running of the farm during the tumultuous years of the American Civil War. The last Sheppard to live at Meadow Farm was Sheppard Crump and his wife, Elizabeth Adam Crump. In 1975, Elizabeth A. Crump in memory of her late husband, donated Meadow Farm to Henrico County. Meadow Farm is listed as a National Register Historic Site.