Hayfest Promises Family Fun on October 6

Join us for a Free Festival with Hands-On Activities

Celebrate the harvest season with a free hands-on family festival at the Jackson Homestead and Museum. The Homestead Hayfest celebrates 19th century family life and lets you try your hand at living the way families did 200 years ago. In its 11th year, this event has become an annual tradition for many Newton families.

Activity stations spread throughout the museum and grounds offer intergenerational fun while learning about how families lived when the Jackson family lived at the Homestead in the 19th century. Activities focus on historic food and crafts, games, and leisure pastimes. In each activity, children and adults work together to make a product they can take home or learn a new pastime, ensuring it will be captivating for all ages.

The Hayfest taps the nostalgia for “olden days” and a resurgent interest in local production and sustainable living. It offers simple fun, like playing “graces” (a 19th century game intended to teach grace and coordination) as well as hands-on knowledge, like operating a cider press.

Activities include:

  • cider pressing
  • candle dipping
  • burlap sack races
  • tug of war
  • butter making
  • cloth dying with vegetable dyes
  • weaving
  • hot cider and baked goods

The Homestead Hayfest will be held on Sunday, October 6 from noon-4:00 PM, rain or shine. We are grateful for donations this year from Antoine's, Cabot's, Great Harvest,Trader Joe's West Newton, and Volante Farms.

The Jackson Homestead is located at 527 Washington Street in Newton and free parking is available on Jackson Road. Call 617-796-1450 for more information. Admission to the museum is free during the event.

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