Harvest Festival FAQ

Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm is a living history museum that demonstrates agrarian life of 19th century Pennsylvania and the various tasks the farm family performed as part of their daily lives.

Harvest Festival is our non-profit organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year and offers the largest variety of demonstrations and activities of any of our events. Here are some of the common questions we get asked about Harvest Festival.  Hopefully you find the answers you seek below. Come enjoy our Festival. It is an especially beautiful time of year!

What is the Date and Where is it?

Harvest Festival always falls during the Saturday and Sunday of Columbus Day weekend in the month of October. The times are from 10am to 5pm.

Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm is located in Stroudsburg Pennsylvania.  We are conveniently close to Route 80, 209, and 33 making us easy to visit.  For specific directions please visit our Direction Page.

What is the Price of Admission?

Admission is $10 per adult, $5 per child ages 3 years old to 12 years old. Children under 3 years old are free with an attending adult.  Quiet Valley members, with a current membership, can attend the Festival for free.  Memberships can be purchased at the gate.

We recommend that you bring cash to the event. Most of the activities are currently cash only. We do have an ATM onsite.

(Prices are subject to change.)

What Type of Food will be at the Festival?

We have a variety of food at Harvest Festival. Many of the recipes are based on historic ones! You can find many of our Harvest Festival classics in our Quiet Valley Cook Book.  Food can be found around the farm.

Some of our favorites include: BBQ chicken, baked potatoes, vegetarian vegetable soup, chicken corn chowder, sausage sandwiches,  all beef hot dogs, apple dumplings, corn fritters, funnel cakes, griddle cookies, bread baked in the bake oven, homemade baked goods, and much more! Beverages include water, birch beer, cider, and coffee.

What are the Activities taking place during Festival? 

Each year for Harvest Festival we select a theme that falls in line with our mission as a living history museum and corresponding presentations are developed. Many traditional skills are demonstrated each year such as spinning and weaving, cooking in dutch ovens, rye straw crafts, apple butter making, candle dipping and much more, all taking place across the farm. In additional we have horse and wagon rides and pony rides for a small fee.

One of the favorite activities during Harvest Festival is the interactive program in the 1893 one-room schoolhouse.  Everyone is welcome to attend, but even adults are considered school students in this program, so you best pay attention before the Schoolmarm makes an example of you.

Be sure not-to-miss our Children’s Heritage area for the the K-4th set with various crafts and activities, for the little ones there’s a Pumpkin Patch for pumpkin decorating, and Children’s Games for all the young folk.

We also offer various areas where you can go shopping such as our Gift Shop and our Trading Post featuring wonderful handmade items made by our craftsman.  Everlastings is where halo headbands, bunches and baskets are made with our very own dried flowers. In addition, there is God’s Half Acre where we sell handmade jellies, jams, pickles, and farm fresh produce.

Walkers and Wheelchairs. 

The Harvest Festival takes place outdoors and is a rain or shine event.  The paths are paved with gravel or flag stones.  Thus we recommend sturdy close toed shoes for your visit.  Guests with mobility issues are encouraged to bring a cane or walker. Seating is scattered across the farm.  Wheelchairs are able to get around and see most of the presentations.  There is a ramp on the back of the school house and into the gift shop.

There is some handicap parking up by the Engel Education Building and near the farm. There is a shuttle bus to bring visitors up from the parking fields. People with limited mobility can be dropped off near the entrance to the farm.

Some Advice.

Allow 3-4 hours to see and do as much of the activities Festival offers though you can cram in a lot in an hour or two.  We suggest wearing closed toed shoes since this is a farm.  For the safety of your pet, only service animals are permitted on the farm.  Please no smoking on site.

Because this is a special event the historic home and Granddaddy cabin are closed and the regular tour does not take place.  We are sorry for this inconvenience.

This sounds great, “How do I get Involved”? 

Visit our Volunteer Page to find out more about volunteering. If you are interested in finding out more about being a Harvest Festival volunteer visit our HF volunteer FAQ page.