Howell Farm is currently closed to the public, and all scheduled programs are canceled until further notice. Hiking, biking, or horseback riding through the farm, its lanes, or on Hunter Road is prohibited.
Because we are a working farm, essential full-time staff will remain on site to ensure that animals, grounds, and crops are cared for without interruption. Our horses, sheep, chickens, barn cat, and farm dog Lucy are all being fed and let in and out on their regular schedule.
Please check our website and Facebook page for updates and announcements, as well as mercercountyparks.org for information about other park closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
In bygone days, it wasn’t uncommon for a farm boy or girl to hitch a ride on the back of a big draft horse while it was being driven back to the barn after a day working in the fields.
During this program, kids 5 – 12 will learn the differences between draft, saddle and carriage horses when they climb aboard a fully harnessed workhorse for a ride down the lane…after, that is, they help farmers with barn chores like bedding stalls, filling water troughs, and making feed. A children's craft program is also offered in the visitor center for a small materials fee.