'Tom Acton is a leading authority on Victorian farming and his enthusiasm is evident, for in an age when most landowners obliterated all trace of the past to modernize their property, the Actons lovingly preserved the history and heritage of theirs.' David Upshal, Executive Producer, 'Victorian Farm'.
Situated in the estate’s 18th century Home Farm buildings, Acton Scott’s Historic Working Farm is a wonderful visitor attraction for all the family to enjoy.
Conceived by Thomas Acton more than a generation ago to keep alive the 19th century farming practices he grew up with, the farm was the first of its kind and has been much copied since. Tom's foresight has helped to preserve many traditions that might otherwise have been lost to modern day farming techniques.
Today, the Historic Working Farm offers a fascinating insight into rural life at the turn of the 19th century, as farm life unfolds daily and the land around is worked by heavy horses. There are daily demonstrations of period skills and visits from the Wheelwright, Farrier and Blacksmith, providing a picture of life as it might have been on a Victorian country estate.
The Old School, originally built by Frances Stackhouse Acton in the late 19th century to educate the children of the Parish, has been recently restored and is now a charming cafe. It serves home cooked hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks and is also open to non-farm visitors. There is a gift shop and special events throughout the open season.
A programme of traditional craft and trade courses to learn about the forgotten skills of the past runs throughout 2017. For more information email us on [email protected] or telephone 01694 781 307.
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