Children on the Farm Event at Jericho Historic Center

July 27th - Visit the 1801 Captain Baker House and Barn
Dahlia Jordan of Moretown, Vermont, gets a sense last summer of the efforts needed to run a farm on Cape Cod in the 19th century as she hand washes clothes at the 1801 Captain Theophilus Baker House in West Dennis. (Bob Poskitt photo)

The 1801 Theophilus Baker House and Barn at Jericho Historic Center in West Dennis will host a special afternoon of fabulous family fun at its third annual “Children on the Farm” event Saturday, July 27, from 1-4pm.

Kids of all ages will have the chance to travel back to the 19th century and participate in old-time games like hoop runs, relay races, potato races, and bean bag tosses. Children and their parents can also experience firsthand cleaning clothes using a washboard and washtub, creating lavender sachets, planting beans in cups (and taking them home for replanting), and going on an intriguing scavenger hunt.

Visitors will also marvel at the ongoing barn exhibits—including a recreated general store, a treasure trove of 19th century tools, an examination of early saltworks, and an overview of Cape Cod cranberry cultivation—and have the chance to explore the homestead of Captain Baker, one of Dennis’s prominent citizens in the early 1800s. 

The event will coincide with the much-acclaimed “Quilting Treasures of the Dennis Historical Society” ongoing exhibit, with a quilt in progress available that kids and adults can add stitches to. Visitors will also be able to try their hands using a felt board to practice making quilt patterns and a craft to create their own original nine-patch design.

The house museum, located at 90 Old Main Street in West Dennis, is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-4pm through September 12. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on