new_hampshire_farmWe’re heading into the holiday season, one that is full of great, family-friendly events throughout the eastern states. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday – all about God and family and food, without the headaches of shopping, hanging lights and trying to park at the mall. If you’re in Milton, NH, you can give your family a taste of a true Victorian Thanksgiving by visiting the New Hampshire Farm Museum.

The Farm Museum is a year-round treat for children, featuring activities and displays that celebrate the agricultural life in New Hampshire. Kids love checking out the tractors and farm equipment, cracking their own corn to feed the chickens, and touring vegetable gardens (which go over much better than veggies on their plate). While the boys are sniffing out clues in the Great Yellow Barn Hunt, I pick up some fresh produce and freshly baked bread in the Country Store. Then we visit the authentic tavern and farmhouse to encounter three centuries of Yankee farmers.

But November, with its colorful leaves, crisp air and new harvest, seems to be a particularly special time in New England. Nothing embodies this feeling better than the Over the River and Through the Woods Thanksgiving program, presented this year on November 20. Horse-drawn carriages will transport you to grandmother’s house (a farmhouse, of course) where guides in costume will tell of past Thanksgivings. Check out the turkeys before finishing your day with hot cider and, of course, chestnuts roasting on an open fire. And you don’t have to clean up – one more thing to be thankful for!