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
Click here for programs offered 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.
Sat, Sept 6, 1-2:30pm
Ages 12+. Registration of a paying adult required with children under 14. Ever heard of the Vinegar of the Four Thieves? Why is one herb called wormwood? What herb was known as knit-bone? Join us in the herb gardens at Meadow Farm and learn the historical, medicinal, and culinary uses of herbs. Information: 501-2130.
Glen Allen Day
Sat, Sep 20, 9:30am-3pm
The Glen Allen Ruritan Club in association with Henrico Recreation and Parks will host Glen Allen Day, one of Henrico County’s largest outdoor festivals! The festivities kick off with a parade at 9:30am on Mountain Road. Activities in the park include balloon animals by Miss Sheri the Clown, a petting zoo, airbrush designs, Henrico County Public Library Mobile Library, arts, crafts and business fair, and local musicians on two stages. Concessions will be available for purchase. For details, including a participant application, please visit www.glenallenday.org or call the Glen Allen Ruritan hotline at 257-9605.
Sat, Oct 18, noon-4pm, Rain date: Sun, Oct 19
Visit historic 19th-century Meadow Farm to celebrate the fall season with traditional harvest-time activities. Harvest Festival will feature many hands-on activities and demonstrations depicting typical homemaking and farming tasks of the era. Take a wagon ride as you are pulled by a steam driven tractor and then check out the All-American Lumberjack Show! The whole family will enjoy hand-pressing apples to make cider, dipping string into wax to create your own candle, riding a pony, viewing the vintage carriage display, and meeting sheep at the “Children’s Farm.” Be sure to visit the “Great Pumpkin Patch” where children ages 3-12 can pick out their very own pumpkin to take home! Concessions will be available for purchase. Information: 795-2334.
Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration
Sat, Dec 6, 2:30-5pm
Historic Sites along Mountain Road, Mountain Road is ready for the holidays! Spend the afternoon touring several of our sites and celebrating the season. Trolley rides from site to site will make traveling part of the fun! Information: 501-2130. Henrico History Explorers program participants will receive a stamp for their passport at each of the celebrating sites.
Courtney Road Service Station: Step back to a time of impromptu social gatherings at Courtney Road Service Station. Listen to period Christmas music on a phonograph player and take a peek at artifacts on exhibit. Visit with the mechanic and admire antique vehicles of the era for photo opportunities. Information: 501-2130.
Meadow Farm Museum: Take a tour of Meadow Farm and join St. Nick as he reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by the fireside. Learn the traditions of Christmas as you tour the historic farmhouse. Information: 501-2130.
Virginia Randolph Museum: Pass by Forest Lodge Cupola on the way to Virginia Randolph Museum where guests can make a handmade holiday craft and enjoy museum tours of this iconic educator and her achievements. Information: 261-6898.
Walkerton Tavern: Enjoy musical sounds of the season as you mingle with tavern guests at Walkerton Tavern. This open house includes tours of the Tavern with craft activities and special music. Information: 261-6898.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
A special ending to this day of holiday festivities is the annual tree lighting ceremony at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Enjoy holiday music and a toasty bonfire as the celebration begins at 4:30pm. Information: 795-2334.
Meadow Farm Holiday Lantern Tours
Sun, Dec 7, 5:30-8pm
Someone’s getting married! Costumed interpreters will guide guests through Meadow Farm for a special wedding. Learn traditions that surround the holiday season and why weddings occurred this time of year. Enjoy sights and sounds of 1860 and even participate in the wedding. Bring your own flashlight and sign in at the Orientation Center as guided group tours leave every 15 minutes from 5:30-8pm. Information: 501-2130.