Matthews Living History Farm Museum sponsors or co-sponsors several events each year. Most are open to the public and admission is free. Below is a listing of the annual events.

Kick Back the Rug: Community Social ca. 1900

June 13, 2019 – 5:00pm to 8:30pm

This is a Community Social modeled after the traditional summer socials circa 1900. There will be a square dance, box supper and ice cream social. Local musicians will provide music. A professional caller will guide visitors through the basic moves in square dancing. At intermission, there will be a traditional cake walk, giving folks a chance to win home baked cakes. Demonstrators will be at the Museum and in the buildings. This is a free event, fun for the whole family.

Oxen Workshop

June 21 thru 23

breis Freyer 1Matthews Living History Farm Museum is hosting an oxen workshop at the Farm Museum June 22 and 23.  Join the Ox Teamsters for an “Ox roast” dinner prepared with local ingredients by the museum volunteers. There will be tickets available just for the dinner for people who want to come out and watch the oxen. This will be followed by a discussion of the role of working cattle in Grayson County history Saturday evening. This workshop will be held June 21 through 23 at Matthews Living History Farm.

Pre-registration is required. Workshop fee is $85 per teamster and people wanting to train. This $85 fee covers both Saturday and Sunday, but not your meal ticket for Saturday night. Ages start at 9 years of age or need to be in 2nd grade, but will be the full price of registration. A guardian must be present if a child is taking this class. Bring a team and it’s free! Spectators are welcome but you will be escorted to a seating area so you can watch them work the Oxen. This is a paid class and we do know people are interested, but we do not want the students bothered while they are training. Teachers have offered at 5pm a small meet and great of teams with their drivers. Registration for this class ends on June 6, 2019. Dinner tickets are $40 per person and with your purchase you get to be a part of Sunday’s workshop.  The meal ticket is a way you can come out to support the farm and as a thank you, a chance to be a part of the oxen workshop on Sunday. Seats are limited for the dinner, so please buy before the meal, so you will have a seat. Dinner tickets, if we still have seating, will be sold at the door. For more information contact Arwen Cayton, Farm Manager at 276-773-3080 or at, Kendy Sawyer at or 276-237-2605. Registration for your team and a meal ticket can be emailed to you. Email the museum at

OX WorkX GalaX is open to teamsters with cattle and on foot. Family members and other farm helpers are invited as well. Novices are welcome.

Just contact Matthews Living History Farm Museum for more information.

Photo Day at the Farm

June 29th : 11 am to 3 pm

14435154_312397722469241_2583521279321444417_oCome out and join us at the farm and get your families picture made. One of our local businesses is coming out to help with our fundraiser here at the Museum.  Brite Lite Photography, is coming out and creating a special picture package. If anyone has ever wanted to donate, here is a fun way. Penny from Brite Lite is offering  for $60.00 up to 8 edited photos, that she will email to you, with a photo release. This means you can get them developed anywhere you would like! Matthews Living Farm Museum is going to have some areas set up with and without animals, for your family to have their pictures taken. This is a fundraising event for the Museum and we would love your support. Your money goes to take care of the buildings and also allows us to get supplies for events. If you would like to participate in this fundraiser, get some amazing photos, please come out and join us on June 29. No Reservation or appointment is needed. This will be a first come first served event. 

Civil War Living History and Farm to Table Dinner

August 24, 2019  9:00am – 9:00pm, Dinner starts at 6pm, Dance after dinner.

This event will demonstrate life in a Civil War encampment, including period costumes and living quarters, parades, weapons demonstrations, drills, skirmishes, music and cooking. Visitors are welcome to actively learn by strolling through the camp, viewing military drills and demonstrations and engaging in conversations with the reenactors.  There is no fee to see the reenactors and visit.

During the Day, Brite Lite Photography will be back to take photos here at the museum. No appointment is necessary. There will also be local artisans and crafters, selling their products that they make. This is a great way to support local small businesses in our area.

This will be followed by a Farm to Table Dinner at the farm. Tickets will be available on line or there at the Museum. Dinner will be followed by a dance with the reenactors.

Arts Council Quilt Show: Stories of the Stitch

September 7, 2019  10:00am-4:00pm

The sight of colorful quilts flying through the pastures of the Farm Museum is an experience not soon forgotten.  Area quilters bring their finest efforts for display along with the stories that are part of the quilts. Visitors enjoy the stories and the results of hours of labor that the quilts represent. Prizes are given and many of the quilts are offered for sale. Vendors with fiber related products are available for shoppers as are a variety of fiber demonstrations and activities.  Music and food and other entertainment are available at this event as well. This is a free event to come to, so come on out and see the beautiful quilts and read the stories behind them.

Heritage Day

September 7, 2019 10:00am – 4:00pm

A variety of demonstrators set up around the grounds, showing our visitors how their skills were used on the farm – many sell the items they are making. Visitors are invited to try their hand at several of the activities. Gardens are on display. Music is incorporated into the experience by live, local musicians. Food, drinks, bathrooms, and a shaded Pavilion are also provided. The museum will be making apple butter at this event and selling it there at the farm. Come on out, grab a chair and sit with them as they make apple butter. There are now many types of animals at the Museum, visit with the chickens, pigs, horses and oxen! Watch the members of the Fiber Guild make things on the front porch of the cabin. This day offers so much to see, do and hear. Come join us. This event is free to the public and is joined with our friends from the The Art Council of the Twin Counties event, Stories in Stitch! Two wonderful shows in one!