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!

Pleasant Valley House Tours     

Saturday, August 22    10:00am–4:00pm

The history of a rural farm community will be the focus of this program, which features tours of the houses in the Pleasant Valley Rural Historic District.

The full 90-minute tour begins at 1:00, with Howell Farm interpreter Jane Kidder leading visitors through the homes of gristmiller John Phillips, his farmer-son Henry, and Henry’s blacksmith-son Lewis—as well as through the Pleasant Valley one-room schoolhouse. Shorter half-hour tours of the Henry Phillips farmhouse will begin in the barnyard at 11:00, 12:00, 2:30, and 3:30.


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