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Howell Farm to offer hayrides at annual Thanksgiving program

Post Date:11/22/2017 12:33 PM

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The horses will be wearing bells this Saturday, Nov. 25, at Howell Living History Farm for scenic hayrides through the heart of Pleasant Valley, followed by a wreath and sleigh bell sale.

Rides will begin at 10:30 a.m. and run until 3 p.m., with tickets given to the first 300 visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no charge for the rides. Donations of non-perishable food items for local food banks are encouraged.

Sleighbells will be sold throughout the day by The Friends of Howell Farm to benefit the farm's restoration projects. The bells are made by harness maker Mervin Martin, who makes the harnesses and sleigh bells worn by the farm's workhorses. Brass- and nickel-plated bells will be sold in straps of six, 12 and 20 bells. Reproduction cast bells, bell door ringers and bell ornaments will also be available. Visitors will also be able to enjoy tours of the recently renovated farmhouse.

Other holiday items featured in the gift shop include fresh evergreen wreaths and door hangings; baskets of the farm's flour, honey and maple syrup; and handmade items sewn by the Pleasant Valley Stitchers Guild.

Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and maintained by the Mercer County Park Commission. It is located on Valley Road, just off Route 29, in Hopewell Township. The GPS address is 70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township, NJ 08530.

For more information, call the farm office at (609) 737-3299 or visit or

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