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. Our history 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.
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)
*Tours of the farmhouse begin at 1pm and the last tour is held at 3:30pm.
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.
Sat, 9-11am (Apr-Sept)
All ages. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by a supervising parent/guardian. 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 is looking for volunteers that have at least basic skills in woodworking and blacksmithing. Basket weavers and other trade demonstrators are also needed. If you are willing to dress in mid-19th-century clothing, share your knowledge and demonstrate your trade, we have an opportunity for you to help put the “living” in our designation as a living history museum. New members are always welcome. On the job training will be provided to enhance your existing skills. Contact us now to join the great team at Meadow Farm. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.