On a forty-seven-acre lot in Queens, a museum preserves the land and buildings of a seventeenth-century farm—the longest continually operated farm in the state of New York. Here, you can explore the Dutch-styled Adriance farmhouse (built in 1772), old tractors, and historical tools.
But the Queens County Farm Museum is not some run-down relic of the past. It operates the only working historical farm in New York City where they continue to raise Italian honeybees, heritage pigs, shaggy Cotswold sheep, dairy cows, laying hens, and goats. Fields are planted with vegetables and grains, herbs sprout in the garden, and fruits ripens in the orchard. Wandering the grounds is free, but bring some cash to purchase their farm-fresh eggs and wildflower honey, for sale in the gift shop.
Beginning September 18th, the Queens County Farm Museum ensnares willing guests in The Amazing Maize Maze, opening September 18. Wind your way through the three-acre corn maze looking for clues and puzzles to help you navigate your way out. Not enough of a challenge for you? Try it at night! On October 9th and 16th the maze is open until 9 pm.
On the September 25th and 26th, the Queens Farm Museum hosts the Annual Queens County Fair. Revel in nostalgia with blue ribbon contests for the best fruits and veggies, baked-goods, crafts, and livestock. Stuff your face at a pie-eating contest or make your own scarecrow. Kids will love the carnival rides, circus acts, hayrides, and petting zoo.