Cherry Hill Historic House and Farm

Cherry Hill Historic House and Farm Cherry Hill Farmhouse is located on Park Avenue, near City Hall and the Falls Church Community Center. The house hosts several special events, educational
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Cherry Hill Farmhouse was completed in 1845. The well-preserved house is an example of a Greek Revival Style framed home of the period. Today the house is fully furnished with antiques of the mid-19th century. Historic interpretations of the house focus primarily on the time period 1856-1865 when the Blaisdell family lived at Cherry Hill. William Blaisdell purchased the 73-acre farm in 1856. He sold the produce he grew on the premises at the Centre Market in Washington D.C. Mr. Blaisdell successfully managed the farm through the Civil War. The City of Falls Church now owns and operates the Cherry Hill Farmhouse Museum, and its remaining property, known today as Cherry Hill Park. The household furnishings and antique tool collection in the Barn are owned by the Friends of Cherry Hill. Today, reenactments, concerts, readings, lectures, workshops, teas, and private events take place at Cherry Hill throughout the year. The house is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm however we strongly encourage visitors to call ahead to ensure tour availability or visit during our Open House hours scheduled Saturdays April through October from 10 am- 12pm. Special tours can be arranged for large groups, scout troops, and school children by calling 703-248-5171. Cherry Hill can also be rented for special occasions. The house and surrounding park provide a lovely setting for wedding receptions and small parties. The house capacity is 50 people for a standing event and 20 for a seated gathering. For larger parties, the outside grounds can be used and a tent is required. For more information on any scheduled events, rental information and availability of the Cherry Hill Farmhouse please contact Corey Jannicelli at 703-248-5171 or [email protected].

Mission: Today the mission of the Friends of Cherry Hill Foundation is to preserve and protect the integrity of the mid-19th century house, barn and outbuildings. The Foundation acquires and maintains the period furnishings in the house and the antique tool collection in the barn.

04/30/2020
Marbled Paper

Today we expand our Museum from Home collection with our Victorian Craft Series! Learn how to make a marbled bookmark with items readily available at home.

#MuseumfromHome #VictorianCraftSeries #HistoricHouseMuseum

The Friends of Cherry Hill Foundation have been hard at work bringing you this special Cherry Hill Newsletter edition. E...
04/29/2020
Cherry Hill Newsletter Special Spring Edition 2020

The Friends of Cherry Hill Foundation have been hard at work bringing you this special Cherry Hill Newsletter edition. Enjoy a variety of articles about our history that we can all relate to today such as social distancing during the Civil War, period face coverings and the 1860 census.
#MuseumfromHome #HistoricHouseMuseum

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04/27/2020
Who What Where When!

Today we continue our Parlor Game Series with a game called the How Why When Where! Give this game a try with friends or family! See our other Parlor Game Videos at cherryhillfarmhouse.org/museum-at-home-activities/
#MuseumfromHome #ParlorGameSeries #HistoricHouseMuseum

Cherry Hill trees are looking great this week as we celebrate Arbor Day. This is a holiday in which individuals and grou...
04/24/2020

Cherry Hill trees are looking great this week as we celebrate Arbor Day. This is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees.

#ArborDay2020 #ArborDayAtHome #MuseumsFromHome

Wishing everyone a Happy Earth Day from Cherry Hill! #MuseumSunshine #EarthDay
04/22/2020

Wishing everyone a Happy Earth Day from Cherry Hill!
#MuseumSunshine #EarthDay

Today communicating with friends and family by phone and video has become the new normal. During the Civil War years, tr...
04/21/2020
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Today communicating with friends and family by phone and video has become the new normal.

During the Civil War years, travel was not possible for many people living in Falls Church and community members communicated with family living far away by letter writing. Much of what we know about Falls Church residents during this time is from letters that were saved.

Enjoy this new coloring page available on our website.
#colorourcollections #museumsathome #civilwarhistory

04/20/2020
The Minister's Cat

Welcome to Cherry Hill from Home. Today we start our Parlor Game Series with a game called the Minister's Cat. These games were extremely popular in the 1800s. We encourage you to give this game a try with friends or family!
#MuseumfromHome #ParlorGameSeries #HistoricHouseMuseum

04/18/2020
Cherry Hill Farmhouse Virtual Tour

Since we're unable to provide tours for you this morning, enjoy this virtual tour from the comfort of your house. Stay Safe!

Trained docents lead a virtual tour of the historic Cherry Hill Farmhouse in the City of Falls Church, Virginia. Cherry Hill Farmhouse was completed in 1845....

Cherry Hill could not provide the tours and programs we are known for without the help of these amazing individuals. Apr...
04/17/2020

Cherry Hill could not provide the tours and programs we are known for without the help of these amazing individuals.

April is Volunteer Appreciation month and we are so grateful to all our dedicated volunteers! Wishing them good health until we can reunite at Cherry Hill.

Today, April 15, is Tax Day (though your taxes are not due today) Income tax was first collected during the Civil War co...
04/15/2020

Today, April 15, is Tax Day (though your taxes are not due today)

Income tax was first collected during the Civil War consisting of a 3% flat rate on those with an annual income at or exceeding $800 (roughly $24,000 today). In 1861, only 3% of the population earned more than $800 per year; so tax enjoyed relatively widespread support among legislators.
#taxday2020 #USHistory

Consider making your Easter eggs this weekend with natural food dyes and share your results!PINK = Frozen Raspberries OR...
04/10/2020

Consider making your Easter eggs this weekend with natural food dyes and share your results!

PINK = Frozen Raspberries
ORANGE= Yellow Onion Skins
YELLOW = Ground Turmeric
BLUE = Red Cabbage Leaves

INSTRUCTIONS
Add Vegetable/Fruit/Spice to pan and cover with water to one inch above. Bring water to boil and simmer for 15 minutes (or until desired color is achieved). Remove from heat and strain into a small, deep bowl. Add 2-3 teaspoons of white vinegar for each cup of colored liquid. When liquid cools, place eggs in the water until you like the color

SPICES- Use 1 tablespoon per cup of water
VEGGIES & FRUIT – Use 1 cup chopped per cup of water

#MuseumAtHome #HistoricHouseMuseum #eastereggs #happyeaster

Cherry Hill may be temporarily closed, but you can continue to enjoy the museum through our comprehensive digital offeri...
04/09/2020

Cherry Hill may be temporarily closed, but you can continue to enjoy the museum through our comprehensive digital offerings, including the extensive online collections, video tours, puzzles and electronic newsletters.
#MuseumAtHome #HistoricHouseMuseum #QuarantineMeme

Enjoy puzzles? Try Cherry Hill new digital jigsaw!What's your fastest time? Mine was 9 minutes and 55 seconds.Share this...
04/08/2020
Cherry Hill Farmhouse - Medium - jigsaw puzzle (77 pieces)

Enjoy puzzles?
Try Cherry Hill new digital jigsaw!
What's your fastest time? Mine was 9 minutes and 55 seconds.
Share this post and challenge your friends and family! #MuseumGames #MuseumFromHome #museumjigsaws

Free online jigsaw puzzle game

Today, as many of us work at home, we think about how we can help our communities. During the Civil War, the US Sanitary...
04/07/2020

Today, as many of us work at home, we think about how we can help our communities.

During the Civil War, the US Sanitary Commission enlisted thousands of volunteers to support sick and wounded soldiers through in-kind donations, fundraising and in-person care.

If you are looking for ways to volunteer and help with COVID-19 response, check out this list on the City of Falls Church Government How to Help page! https://www.fallschurchva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=992

#WeAreInThisTogether #ThenAndNow #CivilWarHistory

How we define freedom, liberty, patriotism, and nation today is directly related to the diverse experiences of the indiv...
04/06/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The Civil War: An American Turning Point (Upper Elementary & Above). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

How we define freedom, liberty, patriotism, and nation today is directly related to the diverse experiences of the individuals who participated in the Civil War?

Sign up for this free webinar hosted by the Virginia Museum of History & Culture Wed April 8 at 10 AM.
#civilwarhistory #museumfromhome

Join the Virginia Museum of History and Culture for our upcoming webinar, The Civil War: An American Turning Point. (Recommended for Upper Elementary & Above) From 1861 to 1865 the country was in a military and social revolution. How we define freedom, liberty, patriotism, and nation today is direct...

04/03/2020

Looking for an impressive background for your next Zoom meeting or happy hour?

Enjoy these free Zoom backgrounds of Cherry Hill Historic House and Farm! #museumsfromhome #zoombackground #socialdistancing https://flic.kr/s/aHsmMmYsqk

Penguins have been exploring the Shedd Aquarium Chicago, IL so we thought they might like a field trip to Cherry Hill Fa...
04/02/2020

Penguins have been exploring the Shedd Aquarium Chicago, IL so we thought they might like a field trip to Cherry Hill Farmhouse!
#penguintherapy #historichousemuseum

In celebration of #censusday, we are looking back 100 years to the 1920 census for Cherry Hill farmhouse.Mary E. Riley w...
04/01/2020

In celebration of #censusday, we are looking back 100 years to the 1920 census for Cherry Hill farmhouse.

Mary E. Riley was the head of the household, as a 76 year old widow. Also living at Cherry Hill was her 46 year old son Joseph, who worked as a scientist at the Natural History Museum, her daughter Mary Riley Styles, son-in-law Samuel Styles, granddaughter Elizabeth Styles and grandson Francis Styles.

Thumbs up for everyone who have already completed their 2020 Census! #historichousemuseum

Getting a lot more house cleaning done these days?Compare your chores to daily housework tasks in the 19th century!
03/25/2020

Getting a lot more house cleaning done these days?

Compare your chores to daily housework tasks in the 19th century!

03/22/2020
Tightening a Rope Bed at Log Cabin Village

Cherry Hill Farmhouse has two rope beds and visitors are always asking about the process of tightening the rope.

Thank you to Log Cabin Village for creating this helpful video!

Tightening a rope bed at the hands-on cabin at Log Cabin Village, Fort Worth, TX

Week one of book ideas for social isolation available in digital format from our colleagues at Mary Riley Styles Public ...
03/20/2020
Victorian Falls Church

Week one of book ideas for social isolation available in digital format from our colleagues at Mary Riley Styles Public Library!

Adults:Victorian Falls Church by Victorian Society at Falls Church, Virginia
Youth: Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Kids: The Little Lamb by Phoebe

Falls Church, Virginia, was settled in 1699 and named for its first church. Located near Washington, D.C., this rural farming community grew into an important crossroads during the 19th century. Prior to World War II, its most significant growth occurred during the Victorian era. The area and lifest...

Enjoy reading Cherry Hill Spring Newsletter while social distancing. This publication includes a very timely story about...
03/16/2020
CHERRY-HILL-Newsletter-Spring-2020

Enjoy reading Cherry Hill Spring Newsletter while social distancing. This publication includes a very timely story about infectious disease during the Civil War.

Wishing everyone good health!

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03/14/2020

In this time of increased concern over COVID-19 (coronavirus), the health and welfare of our community is our top priority. The Falls Church Recreation and Parks department has made the decision to cancel all programs through Monday April 13.

Cherry Hill Farm will be closed to tours and programs through Monday April 13.

It might be cold outside, but we have some exciting work being done at Cherry Hill. This week, a sprinkler system was in...
01/18/2020

It might be cold outside, but we have some exciting work being done at Cherry Hill. This week, a sprinkler system was installed to keep the gardens and grounds looking their best year round.

Thank you to the Falls Church Public Works Department for your continued support improving the visitor experience.

Nominate Cherry Hill Historic House and Farm for best local museum! #BestofNoVA2020
01/14/2020
2019 Best of NoVA readers poll

Nominate Cherry Hill Historic House and Farm for best local museum! #BestofNoVA2020

Northern Virginians, vote now in our annual Best of NoVA Readers Poll and tell us the local spots that make living here all worth your while.

Registration is open for our 2020 Winter and Spring programs! Sign up now for programs that are sure to sell out, includ...
01/06/2020

Registration is open for our 2020 Winter and Spring programs!

Sign up now for programs that are sure to sell out, including our Valentine's Day Tea, Mother's Day Tea and Celtic Music Concert!

Many of our favorite Christmas tunes were written in the Victorian Era including "Silent Night", "O Little Town of Bethl...
12/27/2019

Many of our favorite Christmas tunes were written in the Victorian Era including "Silent Night", "O Little Town of Bethlehem", "O Holy Night", "Up on the Housetop" and "Jolly Old St. Nicholas".

Learn about how some of our favorite songs came to be, next Tuesday Dec 31 hosted by the Victorian Society at Falls Church, Virginia.

Learn more at Christmas Carol Sing-a-long

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday from Cherry Hill Farmhouse!We're closed today, but join us on New Year's Eve as part of...
12/25/2019

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday from Cherry Hill Farmhouse!

We're closed today, but join us on New Year's Eve as part of Watch Night, New Year's Eve Party in the City of Falls Church, VA

12/18/2019
Watch Night, New Year's Eve Party in the City of Falls Church, VA

Cherry Hill Farmhouse will be open for Watch Night this year!

The Falls Church Victorian Society hosts a fun and lively sing-a-long of traditional Christmas favorites. Hear about the origins of the songs as well as some Victorian New Years eve traditions.

We will be presenting the program twice during the evening, once at 8:00pm and once at 9:00pm. Each set will last 35 - 45 minutes, stay for the entire program or only part as your schedule allows! Light refreshments will be served in the dining room.

Final Plans for this year's 22nd Annual New Year's Eve celebration, Watch Night [R], in the City of Falls Church! Enjoy free fun for the whole family: live music, amusements will be available on www.WatchNightFallsChurch.org

12/05/2019

Join us Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm

Plenty of items for kids to buy for parents, relatives and siblings at this year's Holiday Shoppe! Everything $6 or less and includes free Gift Wrapping.

Take a seat in our parlor while our volunteers help your kids pick out the perfect holiday presents!

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312 Park Avenue
Falls Church, VA
22046

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Coming to Cherry Hill Farmhouse on December 1, 2017, a visit with Charles Dickens.