Looking for something fun to do with the kids in the Poconos? Be sure to add Quiet Valley Farm to your activity list. This living historical farm in the Poconos is filled with fun and learning.
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
One of my favorite memories as a kid was going to Quiet Valley Farm in Stroudsburg Pennsylvania. When I had the chance to take the kids there on our Poconos Press trip I was ecstatic. Park your car and then walk a little bit to the farm and take a full step back in time. It is the perfect day trip activity to do with kids in the Poconos.
What Is Quiet Valley?
The Quiet Valley Farm is a non profit living historical farm and you may be wondering exactly what that means. Once you step foot on the property everything is done as they would back in the olden days. 1760s to 1913 to be exact. When you visit you are taken back to that time period. It is truly an eye-opening experience and one that is a TON of fun!
The farm originally was home to a German family that came to America from German. They then made their way to Stroudsburg and made their home and farm at the location of Quiet Valley.
Period-dressed “family” members are re-enacting the life of the original Pennsylvania German family. The buildings are the real buildings that were built by the original family who lived there.
What is there to do at Quiet Valley Farm?
Tour the Farm. The farm is a real working farm, gardens are cared for and run like they were during the older time periods. You will also be able to go inside the buildings to see how people during that time period lived.
See the Animals. The animals on the farm that live there and are a part of showing how life was during the 1760s to 1900s.
Learn about the history. While you are there every one you talk to will share information about the history and the time period. You will see how they did their cooking, how they lived and how the children went to school.
Tips for Visiting Quiet Valley
Remember the time period. When talking to the family members they will act like the people from the time period they are representing. If you ask about things from outside of their time period they will have no idea what you are talking about. They are in full character at all times and it is truly awesome.
Wear comfortable shoes. You will be walking the whole time you are at the farm so wearing shoes that are comfortable walking in.
Bring lunch. There is not a place to buy lunch at Quiet Valley. They have a pavilion with tables where you can eat lunch that you bring with you.
What are the different buildings at Quiet Valley?
The Farm House was built in stages throughout its 200 year history. You will get to see 200 years of history in 1 awesome house. You start out in the 1760’s meeting the family, seeing the house that is the original house.
You will see (and use) an outhouse when you are visiting.
This is where the grandparents lived and where they made their clothing. You get to learn about what plants are used to make clothing and how the processes works.
In the barn, you get to experience what it was really like. From the animals that they had and the tools they used. The kids will also get to have fun like they used to, by jumping in the hay.
The Main House.
There are 2 different rooms in this house. They have been updated to represent different time periods that the family lived there. These rooms are additions that the family made to the house over time.
The school house is where the kids would have gone to school. While the school is not an original that was on the farm it was built in 1994. It is an exact replica of what a school house would have been, including having a flag with only 48 states!
I can not forget to mention Tom the turkey. You will see him wandering around the farm. He is harmless but he is very vocal and a character that you have to meet!
You can find more information and directions to the farm here. We all had a blast (even though the kids got in trouble at school. and it is a place that the kids have already asked if they could go back too!
Things to do in the Poconos with Kids
Looking for more fun to do with the kids while visiting the Poconos? Check these out.
- Aquatopia at Camelback
- Hiking Bushkill Falls
- Camelbeach Poconos Waterpark
- Camelback Adventure Park in the Poconos
- Kalahari Resort in the Poconos
- Woodloch Resort in the Poconos
- Fall activities in the Poconos
Disclaimer: I was provided free admission for my kids and I, no compensation was received and all opinions are 100% my own