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Educator Package: Includes educational resources, interactive project ideas, trip organization, direct experiential opportunities to help better connect the experience with your students and complimentary chaperone ticket. Does not include student ticket.

 

Student Package: Includes engaging pre and post educational field trip activities, trip organization and student ticket.


 

About Riley's Farm

Riley's Farm, located in Oak Glen, is a living history farm and apple orchard that offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience colonial American life and agricultural heritage. The farm provides a variety of interactive historical reenactments, educational programs, and seasonal activities, making it a cherished destination for families and history enthusiasts.
 

Historical Overview

  • Foundation: Riley's Farm was established by James Patrick Riley and his family, who sought to create an immersive historical experience that brings colonial America to life. The farm combines historical education with agricultural activities, offering a blend of past and present.
     

Tours 

  • Revolutionary War: Experience the American Revolution! (4 hours)

    Upon arrival, participants will join a "township" and visit various village posts. On the main green, regulars will check for contraband, leading to a reenactment of the "Gaspee Affair." After the skirmish, attendees will engage in hands-on activities that bring history to life. Lunch includes a soldier’s ration of lemonade, cornbread, cheese, an apple, and dried beef, with additional options available at the Bakery, General Store, or Hawk’s Head Publick House. In the afternoon, participants will join a mock battle, recreating the 1775 Battle of St. George’s Tavern, with Colonial and Redcoat Townships clashing in a thrilling reenactment.

  • Civil War (4 hours)

    The day starts with a town meeting to debate the war and decide whether to secede, join the Union, or stay neutral, simulating the Maryland State Assembly.

    After voting, participants learn from Confederate and Union soldiers about their states and issues, engaging in regiment drills, visiting the Surgeon’s infirmary, and learning 19th-century etiquette. After completing all camp posts, participants receive a soldier’s ration of lemonade, cornbread, cheese, an apple, and dried beef, with additional food available at the Packing Shed Bakery. The day concludes with a mock battle reenacting the Battle of Malvern Hill, where students fight as either Southerners or Northerners, led into battle by commanding officers.

  • Gold Rush(4 hours)
    Gold was discovered in California in 1848. Imagine traveling a thousand miles to find your fortune. Upon arrival, local miners will share news of the mother lode. Head to the sluice, mine, and gold fields! Get supplies on credit and start digging and panning. Throughout the day, learn about 49er life, including feuds between farmers and miners, and how gold was found. Discover the harsh realities of supply and demand. Watch gold prices fluctuate and visit the Assayer to sell your gold for the best price. Break for lunch at high noon with a light miner’s ration. End the day by counting your currency and participating in an auction where fortune-seekers bid on prizes.

  • Colonial Farm Life (2 Hours)
    Though the years just prior to the American Revolution were certainly full of turmoil, the people of the colonies worked hard and found time for a some fun, too! This tour explores the domestic side of 18th century America and puts students in the shoes of their colonist counterparts in a fun, interactive way.

  • Old Joe Homestead Tour(2 Hours)
    In 1877, Joe E. Wilshire ("Old Joe") bought hundreds of acres of Oak Glen farmland for a saddle, a jug of whiskey, and a chicken. Your family, friends, and students might be surprised to know that much of that land is still farmland today! In this tour, explore the crafts and skills of a homestead farm family. Spend a few hours with us, stepping back to a time before traffic jams, and learn the simple home arts of 19th-century farm life.
     

Visiting Tips for Families

  • Plan Ahead: Check Riley's Farm’s website for current events, tour schedules, and educational programs to make the most of your visit. Advance reservations may are required.
  • Dress Comfortably: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for walking around the farm and participating in outdoor activities. Bring layers, as weather conditions can change.
  • Bring Essentials: Pack water, snacks, and sun protection, as the farm offers areas where you can rest and enjoy a picnic. The on-site dining options provide additional refreshments.
  • Engage with Interpreters: Take advantage of the knowledgeable costumed interpreters who can provide insights and answer questions about colonial life and agricultural practices.

 

By visiting Riley's Farm, families can step back in time and experience the rich history and agricultural traditions of colonial America. The farm provides a dynamic and educational environment that fosters a love of history, hands-on learning, and family fun. Whether participating in historical reenactments, picking apples, or enjoying a colonial meal, Riley's Farm offers an immersive and memorable experience for visitors of all ages.

Riley's Farm

PriceFrom $44.00
  • Please use the information on this page (package type, venue name, price, etc.) to submit an order request with your school. Once your order is approved, your school will forward the request to us. We will then reach out to you with instructions on how to finalize your trip details and access accompanying resources. Once finalized, you will receive your e-tickets and any additional materials directly to your inbox within 1-3 business days. If you don't see our email(s), please check your spam folder prior to contacting us.

     

    To ensure a smooth process, it is generally recommended to submit your order with your school AT LEAST 10 business days prior to your trip date, unless you are booking a venue that requires more advanced planning. *Please be mindful of your school's processing times and plan accordingly.

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