The public is invited to leisurely stroll through the grounds at Valley Falls Farm between 1 and 3 pm on August 22, 2021, and enjoy watching and talking to the plein-aire artists painting on the grounds.
Other paintings by the artists will be on display and available for sale in the Red Barn, 350 Valley Falls Road, Vernon. Tours of the historic farm buildings will be held at 1 and 2 pm, to include colorful details of the various owners of the “Gentleman’s Farm” during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Guitar and mandolin music courtesy of Judy Handler and Mark Levesque, wafting from the porch of the 1850’s Farmhouse, completes the picture! Admission and parking is free. Refreshments provided by the Vernon Arts Commission. A perfect way to spend your late summer afternoon!
Please park at the Valley Falls Park parking lot…tell the attendant you are there for Artists Day, walk up the path to the Red Barn. A shuttle will be available if needed.
Valley Falls Farm,
Fun for just yourself, or your whole family! We normally hold guided tours of our original historic farm buildings. We tell you what we’ve learned about their history, ending as a “Gentleman’s Farm,” owned by the Beach Family from 1915 through the 1950’s. You can get a glimpse or our stable as it becomes the Heritage Center and visit Vernon Garden Club’s Herb Garden, in full summer bloom and fragrance. Or, take a leisurely walk through the scenic grounds, imagining a time gone by. Park at the RED BARN, 350 Valley Falls Road.
Due to limitations prompted by COVID-19, and restrictions on all group interactions, we will not hold our group tours this summer. Please watch our website for more information on fall activities.
The Red Barn, 350 Valley Falls Rd, Vernon
Enjoy a late September afternoon in the basement of the Red Barn, 350 Valley Falls Road. After a brief business meeting, CT State Historian Walter Woodward’s “Band of Steady Habits” (http://cthistory.org/band-of-steady-habits) will present a lively and entertaining program combining storytelling, history and music. Learn about recent developments in the planning of the “Heritage Center” to be located in the stable at Valley Falls Farm. Everyone is welcome, refreshments following the program.
Please, PARK IN THE PARKING LOT AT VALLEY FALLS PARK
What could be better than art, history and music on a late summer afternoon…………join us for Artists Day, 2019, on August 18 from 12:30 till 3 pm, at the Red Barn and Valley Falls Farm. The popular local duo Handler and Levesque will play guitar and mandolin music from the Farmhouse porch from 1-3. Works of Ct artists will be on display and for sale in the basement of the Red Barn, and artists Jane Burr, Jay Babina, Susan Bosworth, Catherine Elliot, Sharon Kehmna, Loretta Medieros and Dawn Tyler will be painting in the fields, if you’d like to watch them at work. The Vernon Arts Commission will be serving lemonade and tours of the historic farm buildings will be conducted on the hour at 1 and 2 pm. Our beekeepers will be available in the stable, and the herb garden has been manicured by the Vernon Garden Club. Please park in the Valley Falls Parking lot. Let the attendant know you are there for Artists Day, you should not have to pay an entrance fee. A shuttle will be available, or follow the trail from the parking lot up to the lemonade table at the Red Barn. Join us!
Fun for just yourself, or your whole family! Join us on Sunday, June 23, from 1-3 pm for a guided tour of our original historic farm buildings. We’ll tell you what we’ve learned about their history, ending as a “Gentleman’s Farm,” owned by the Beach Family from 1915 through the 1950’s. Visit Vernon Garden Club’s Herb Garden, in full summer bloom and fragrance, and take a leisurely walk through the scenic grounds, imagining a time gone by. Park at the RED BARN, 350 Valley Falls Road.
If you can’t make the 23rd, we will be doing the summer tours on Wednesday July 3, July 10, and July 17 as well as Sunday, July 28, from 1-3 pm.
In August, tours will be held on Wednesdays, August 7, and August 14, and Sunday August 25, also from 1-3 pm.
Open House, 2018
Tour the historic Red Barn and Valley Falls Farm buildings on Saturday, June 8, from 10 am-2 pm. The iconic “gentleman’s farm” buildings, now repaired from the lightning strike of 2018, take us back in time to 19th century Vernon–and you get to look inside! Vernon Garden Club maintains the herb gardens, beautiful in the spring! As a special treat, the beekeepers at the Farm want to give you a demo, and a sample of their wares.
Wildflower Honey from Valley Falls Farm
“3-WALK WEEKEND” May 18 and 19, 2019
Please join us, once again, for our three-walk series of leisurely guided walks of about an hour each to learn more about and enjoy the wonderful springtime features of Valley Falls Park. We meet at the gazebo in the Park at 350 Valley Falls Road in Vernon. For more information, call Ginny at 860.875.9865.
“Birds of Valley Falls” Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 7:30 AM, led by Denise Anamani. We will observe and identify the bluebirds and other native–and some migrating–species found in their various habitats at the park, bring your bird apps and binoculars!
“Wildflower Walk” Saturday, May 18, 2018, at 1:00 PM, led by Ginny Gingras and Carol Hatch. We will walk Ginny’s favorite wildflower paths to identify and enjoy old favorites and some members of the orchid family that are hard to find anywhere else.
“Rocks, Railroads, and History Walk” May19, at 1:00 PM, Don Sierakowski will tell us about the Geology and History of Valley Falls Park, including the fascinating story of the Railroad running nearby.
Please join us for our Annual Meeting on Sunday, September 30, 2018, in the basement of the RED BARN, 350 Valley Falls Road, at 1 pm. Following our meeting, and light refreshments our guest speaker, Amy Blaymore Patterson now Director of the Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC), will talk about the importance of preserved land in Connecticut and a very important new initiative of CLCC. See you there!
there is limited parking in the barnyard, much better parking at Valley Falls Park
Summer Fun for just yourself, or your whole family! Join us on Saturday, July 14 or Sunday, July 29, from 10am-2pm for a guided tour of our original historic farm buildings and hear about their history as a “gentleman’s farm.” Visit Vernon Garden Club’s Herb Garden and take a leisurely walk through the scenic grounds, imagining a time gone by. Park at the RED BARN 350 Valley Falls Road.
OR, join us for the very same tour in August on Saturday the 11th, or Sunday the 26th, 10am-2pm.
Open House, June 17, 2018
Join us for OPEN HOUSE DAY on Sunday, June 10, from 10 am to 2 pm…..This one-day event begins with a FAMILY NATURE WALK at 10 am, led by our own Jane Seymour, Wildlife Technician, CT Dept of Energy and Environmental Protection (meet at the pavilion in the Park) and hourly tours of Valley Falls Farm and the Red Barn (meet at the Red Barn). This event is held yearly as part of the CT OPEN HOUSE which showcases Connecticut’s diverse history/art/culture offerings in all 169 towns. Parking is available at Valley Falls Park Parking lot, or limited parking at the Red Barn, 350 Valley Falls Road, Vernon.