Patriots Spirit cooking fire 250Join Iron Work Farm for a fun and activity filled Patriots Day Spirit celebration.

Date: Monday, April 18th
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Robbins Ride with the Acton Minutemen: Sunday, April 17th
Time: 5:30 pm

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 annual Patriots Day Spirit at the Faulkner Homestead, 5 High Street, shows why Patriots’ Day commemorates both events. We welcome all to this family-friendly event.

Costumed re-enactors from two different centuries will take part. On April 19, 1775, colonial families waited in the Faulkner dooryard for news of their militiamen. Today’s visitors will experience 18th-century home life with outdoor cooking, children’s games, and crafts.

On Monday to mark the start of the Civil War, reenactment groups from both the North and South will be encamped on the hillside. If weather permits, they will also stage a skirmish or two in the Faulkner Woods.

Robbins Alarm Rider 250Don't miss the Acton Minutemen's Robbins Ride re-enactment—

The horse and alarm rider bringing news of approaching war to Col. Francis Faulkner—this year it's on Sunday, April 17th at 5:30 pm.

Patriots Day Spirit is open to the public for a modest donation—“Give What You Will.” Parking is available nearby.

Check out photos from previous years. View a video from our Patriots Day Spirit 2013, or visit our Facebook page.

IWF Historic Museum Events and Open Houses


egg hunt grassSaturday, tbd - Spring Egg Hunt at Faulkner Homestead—Canceled

patriots day spirt 80Saturday, April 16th - Parlor Concert w/Gretchen Harbourt - Faulkner Homestead

Robbins ride 80wSunday, April 17th - Robbins Ride - Faulkner Homestead

patriots day spirt 80Monday, April 18th - Patriots Day Spirit - Faulkner Homestead

open tap room 80TBD - Brownie Bodge Remembrance - Faulkner Homestead

open tap room 80Saturday, tbd - Open-Air Tap Room & Annual Meeting

Historic House Museum Tours - Both Houses (Fourth Sundays)

We are resuming our monthly open house tours at both Jones Tavern and the Faulkner Homestead, beginning May 29, 3-5 p.m

  • May 29
  • June 26
  • July 24
  • September 25
  • October 23

As our plans come together we'll update the site. Please check back for details.

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 - or contact us with your areas of interest.