Howell Farm is currently closed to visitors, but the spring work continues! Below you’ll find photo and video updates on corn planting, sheep shearing, and other projects happening around the farm.

We look forward to reopening as soon as possible, but in the meantime please remember that hiking, biking, and horseback riding through the farm—including on Hunter Road—are prohibited.

For the latest information on current park access and future reopenings, please visit mercercountyparks.org. Thanks for checking in – we hope to invite you back soon!

Back to School     

Saturday, September 12   10:00am–4:00pm

During this interactive program, school-age youngsters (5 & up) will ride in a horse-drawn wagon to the one-room schoolhouse where hundreds of Pleasant Valley children once learned their ABCs. The unique history lesson includes doing before- and after-school farm chores, playing games in the school yard during recess, and of course learning arithmetic, English, and social studies under the tutelage of a schoolmarm. At 1:00, visitors will have an opportunity to meet Larry Kidder, author of an award-winning book about the school itself, and participate in a 'box social' in which homemade pies are auctioned to benefit the purchase of period furnishings for the school. 


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