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, kitchen, fields, and pastures.
*Park Notice – Parking Lot*
Good news! The museum parking lot is getting repaved. There will be limited parking in the lot closest to the museum through February. We’ll be closing half of the parking lot at a time, and there will be signage directing you to additional parking if needed.
For your safety and that of the animals, visitors are prohibited from entering the animal 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 during 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.
Meadow Farm Heritage Skills
Ages 16+. Would you like to create something for Meadow Farm? Then Heritage Skills is for you. Celebrate traditional craftsmanship and seize the opportunity to try out a diverse range of skills from basket weaving to textile products. This group of volunteers are creating items that enhance the experiences at Meadow Farm Museum. Meetings are on the fourth Saturday of the month from 9:30-11:30am, January through April. New members are always welcome. No experience necessary.
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.