Billings Farm Vermont
Every spring Dave and I set aside a day to visit Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock. The operating dairy farm, established in 1871 by Frederick Billings, offers agricultural exhibits, educational programs, and special events throughout the year.

The farm’s rural setting is beautiful and the exhibits are engaging. But the best part about Billings Farm & Museum are the animals, which include a prize-winning Jersey herd, as well as sheep, oxen, horses, and chickens.

These animals are an integral part of the working landscape here. They are treated with exceptional care and love, and keep me coming back year after year.

A plowing competition at Billings Farm & Museum.


  • That first shot is great! There’s also a Billings Estate in Ottawa of historic interest, and Billings Bridge crosses the Rideau River – wonder if they were related back 200 yers ago?

  • I love those cows. Now I know why Homer called the goddess Athena “cow-eyed”.
    The horses are beautiful. It’s a pity that we don’t see them used on farms anymore. As a kid I tried to learn riding on a horse like that but always fell off when it launched into its lumbering trot.

  • These two big- brown-eyed calves are just tooo sweet; You captured them GORGEOUSLY TOGETHER….just WONDERFUL !!!!

    What an original competition: this is a pretty hard job…!!!!!
    ahhh; I would love to try THAT!!!!!

    Have a wonderful week, cara Erica!
    ciao ciao elvira

  • Looking at their website I think it’s a place I would enjoy visiting. Farms hold a certain attraction for me.

    Tomorrow my husband and I are driving up to Williston to spend the night. He has business to attend to while I’ll be out photographing local sites. I can hardly wait! Just wish it weren’t going to be so darned cold on Friday.


  • Hi Susan — That’s interesting about the Billings name in Ottawa. Maybe they were related. It would be great to find out.

    Hi Hilke — I know, the cows are precious, and the horses are gorgeous. Ever think of riding again? I haven’t gone riding in years, but I might be tempted to take it up one of these days.

    Hi Erin and Kelly– I bet you would love Billings! A great place to visit when you come to VT.

    Thanks Tony!

    Hi Elvira — Aren’t they sweet? I love the look they’re giving the camera. As far as the competition, I think it is pretty tough. The farm is having another horse plowing competition in May, so I’ll have to check it out again this year. Take care!

  • Hi Sharon,

    Have a great time! It will be chilly but sunny on Friday (we were spoiled with 65 degree temperatures last week). Let me know if you need any suggestions on where to visit.


  • Thanks Erica!

    I belong to the New England Photography-Yankee Magazine group on facebook and they gave me some great suggestions on places to visit.

    I really don’t have much time at all but I’m going to try to stop by a sugarhouse or two, go down by Colchester or Middlebury, and up around Burlington. Doubt I’ll squeeze it all in though.

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