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Patriots Day Spirit 2017

Patriots Spirit 16 toys games 3 250wJoin Iron Work Farm for a fun and activity filled Patriots Day Spirit celebration.

Date: Monday, April 17th
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Faulkner Homestead

Come travel back in time with us to learn why we celebrate Patriots Day in Acton as the start of both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. What better place to do it than at the Faulkner Homestead, the home of Col. Francis Faulkner in 1775, and Col. Winthrop E. Faulkner in 1861!

The fore-yard of the Faulkner House will be filled with Colonial families awaiting news of their militia men, as visitors experience 18th-century home life with demonstrations of cooking, animal husbandry, and of textile production.

The hillside behind the house will be the setting for the 1860s, where our Civil War troops will be encamped, welcoming guests to engage with soldiers and camp followers alike. We even anticipate a mid-afternoon woodland skirmish or two between Union and Rebel troops.

 Festivities run throughout the afternoon, including:

    • Revolutionary women at the Faulkner Homestead cooking - using a Roman oven - in support of their (Minute)men at the Old North Bridge
    • Civil War component -
      • the 12th Georgia Volunteer Infantry, the 28th Massachusetts Infantry, the Irish Brigade Regiment, and 1st Massachusetts Cavalry to camp and skirmish in the woods
      • New this year are re-enactors from the U.S.Sanitary Commission, who gave relief and support to the Union Army
    • Faulkner Homestead kitchen and loom room are open for demonstrations
      • members of the Nashoba Valley Weavers' Guild will be joining us.

Don't miss the Acton Minutemen's Robbins Ride re-enactment - this year it's on Sunday, April 16th.

View a video from our Patriots Day Spirit 2013. For photos click here and here, or visit our Facebook page.

Events Lineup 2017

IWF Historic Museum events and Open Houses 2017


egg hunt image 2015 75wSaturday, April 15 - Spring Egg Hunt at Faulkner Homestead

Robbins ride 75wSunday, April 16 - Robbins Ride

patriots day image 2015Monday, April 17 - Patriots Day Spirit

spring-cleanDays in March & April - Burn Days and Grounds Clean-up

tea in the tavereen image 2015 75wSunday, June 11 – Tea in the Tavern

open-tap-room image 2015 75wSaturday, Oct. 7 - Open Tap Room & Annual Meeting

art-out image 2015 75wSat/Sunday, October 21 & 22 – Acton Open Studios Art Show


Historic House Museum Tours (Fourth Sundays)

  • May 28
  • June 25
  • July 23
  • September 24
  • October 22
Iron Work Farm welcomes volunteers at Jones Tavern and Faulkner Homestead for many different activities; can you help out?

Check out the Volunteer page for more info - orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your areas of interest.

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Belle Choate
Nancy Evans
Anne Forbes
Kaye Sherry Hirsch
Kimberley Connors-Hughes

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