Frying Pan Farm Park Audio Transcript
Come on down to the farm, where you’ll learn about cutting, clipping, shearing, sorting and spreading.
Not sure what that means? Those terms were as common to households of the early 20th century as terms like remote control, podcast, and drag and drop are today.
You’ll learn new words at Kidwell Farm, part of Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, not far off the Fairfax County Parkway. Kidwell Farm is a working model farm like those that folks around here lived on in the early 20th century.
There’s a lot to learn here. Kidwell Farm has school tours, programs and quite a number of special events.
There’s no charge to visit Frying Pan and Kidwell Farm, where the sights, sounds and smells are much different than those of the rest of the county. And you can take them in during a wagon ride on most days from March through November.
Spring is a great time to see newborn pigs, goats, sheep and calves.
Do you ride horses? Frying Pan has an indoor activity center, indoor and outdoor riding arenas and an equestrian trail.
Kids will like the playground, and there’s a country store, a visitor center and an activity center. The picnic pavilion, which you can rent, holds up to 180 people.
There’s a preschool in the Old Floris Schoolhouse on the property. Katydid, Inc. manages both the preschool and a summer day camp.
A vegetable garden produces food for the table, and the cows are still milked. That’s your job. The public’s invited to milk them.
The park preserves the 1920s to 1950s farm life of a community called Floris. You’ll see draft horses and tractors still plowing the fields, explore the restored blacksmith shop and smokehouse, and smile at the chickens, turkeys, pigs and sheep. The park has produced some major award-winning animals.
If you have questions during your visit, staff can help you at the visitor center, which is a converted 1890s dairy barn. The center includes an auditorium that you can rent or that you can visit as part of a dance, exercise or fine arts class.
Frying Pan has its own 4-H club, called the Hoofers and Heifers. It’s the only livestock club in the county.
The farm also has a research library. Access is by special appointment.
Check the park’s website for the hours of operation. On the site you’ll also find links to a map and directions, information about the farm and the hours of the country store. There’s also information about the Frying Pan Spring Meeting House, which is not open on a regular basis but does host occasional tours. Information on equestrian shows, classes, camps, field trips and scouting programs at the park all have links on the website.
There’s a group of people dedicated to caring about the park. You can learn more about the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park through their link.
For more information, the park’s phone number is 703-437-9101. Make the call or better yet, come out and visit your park.
And -- Keep an eye on the park’s website for animal birth announcements!