RECREATION & PARKS
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.
Meadow Farm was owned by seven generations of the Sheppard family, starting in the early 1700s. From this site, Tom and Pharaoh, slaves working for Mosby Sheppard, warned him of a proposed slave rebellion on August 30, 1800. Elizabeth Adam Crump donated Meadow Farm in 1975 in memory of her late husband Sheppard Crump. National Register Historic Site.
Hours of Operation
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
Open Play Area
Meet the Critters
Friday, April 18, 1-3:30pm. Free.
All ages. Join costumed guides as they offer a personal introduction to the turkeys, chickens, sheep, horses, cows, and pigs. (Large groups, please call for more information.)
Saturday, April 19 &-26, 9-11am. Free.
All ages. It is shearing time, and Meadow Farm is using historic hand shears on their herd of Gulf Coast Native sheep. Come watch the process and learn more about this rare breed and how their wool was used.
Civil War-The Yankees Are Coming!
Sa, May 10, 1-3:30pm.
All ages. On May 10, 1863, Federal troops were mere miles away from Meadow Farm on their way to the Battle of Yellow Tavern. Tours of the farm will include information on how the Sheppard family may have reacted. Stop by Walkerton Tavern to view a re-created field hospital.
Blacksmithing: Too Many Irons in the Fire!
Sa, May 24, 1-3:30pm.
All ages. The blacksmith was a very important member of the rural community. Watch and listen to the blacksmith as the iron gets red-hot and the smith pounds and bends it into useful objects.
The Doctor is in
Sa, Jun 28, 1-3:30pm.
All ages. Find out more about how ailments were cured in the mid-1800s and meet Dr. Sheppard.
Meet the Critters
Th, Jul 10-Aug 14, 12:30-3:30pm.
All ages. Meadow Farm has various farm animals. Get to know them individually as outdoor tours focus on a different animal each week. Enjoy a hands-on activity related to that animal when you visit.
No Batteries Required-19th Century Games
F, Jul 11-Aug 15, 12:30-3:30pm.
Ages 5+. Historically boys and girls were expected to play different games. Learn what was appropriate for each of them and join in as we all play traditional 19th-century games.
The Story of Tom and Pharoah
Sa, Aug 30 1-3:30pm.
All ages. On August 30, 1800, slaves Tom and Pharaoh informed Meadow Farm’s Mosby Sheppard of a planned
slave insurrection and secured their role in Meadow Farm and Virginia history. Learn these stories and more from living historians.
Fee Based Programs
W-F, Aug 20-22, 9-11:30am, $20.
Ages 6-10. If you love the farm and its animals, this experience is for you! Pretend that you are a child living 150 years ago as you spend mornings on the farm learning about and helping to feed and care for the animals, doing household chores, and playing games. Information: 501-2130.
W-F, Aug 27-29, 9-11:30am, $20.
Ages 13-18. Learn how to build a fire without matches. Explore recipes from the past and cook over the campfire as the early Native Americans did. Bake a cake using 19th century methods at the open hearth. Create and cook your dinner using the iron stove of the last century. Information: 501-2130.
Registration is required in advance for all programs with a fee.
To view a complete list of Recreation programs and register online, visit HCRP Connect.
Historical Exhibits in the Orientation Center
- Expressions Out of Necessity: 19th & 20th Century Folk Art from the Henrico County Collection
- Home and Community: Meadow Farm Through the Years