Volunteers

Volunteers

The Farm could never manage without the help of a corps of dedicated volunteers supporting a small professional staff of seven persons. Behind the scenes, volunteers help with office work, publicity, maintaining the buildings, livestock and crops, repairing clothing, working in the greenhouse, and caring for the Farm’s reference library. Fundraising events held by volunteers include the Annual Book Sale, Garage Sales and Plant Sales as well as staffing the Gatehouse Shop at the entrance to the Farm. Adults and children who portray 18th century farmers, artisans, musicians, dancers and merchants belong to the Colonial Company of Turkey Run.

Specialized branches of the Colonial Company include the Farm Children, the Musick of Turkey Run, the Colonial Company Puppet Theatre, the Turkey Run Company of Carpenters and Sawyers, the Company of Cooks and Bakers and the Company of Tradesmen. More than 500 of these dedicated individuals and over 70 organizations annually donate more than 20,000 hours in support of the Farm and its programs.

The Farm must have a Volunteer Guild Registration Form on file before you can volunteer.

Please read our Volunteer Agreement  and print out a copy of the  Volunteer Guild Registration Form and bring it with you to the Farm on your first day of volunteering.

Volunteer Training

Those wishing to volunteer in costume at the Farm, either during the Market Fairs or at the 18th century farm site, must complete a minimum of required training. To begin the training process, contact the Farm at 703-442-7557 or email volunteers@1771.org.For those wishing to volunteer at Market Fairs, the requirement is as follows:

  • Read a packet of information on the 18th century and how the Claude Moore Colonial Farm presents it to the public
  • Complete 5 hours of behind-the-scenes volunteer work
  •  Be 12 years of age or older to volunteer; anyone under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For those wishing to volunteer at the 18th century farm site, the requirement is as follows:

  •  Read a packet of information on the 18th century and how the Claude Moore Colonial Farm presents it to the public
  • Complete 2 days of observation on the 18th century farm site; the first in modern clothes, the second in period costume
  • Be 18 years of age or older, or under age 10 and accompanied by a parent or guardian. Anyone between the ages of 10 and 17 must join the junior interpreter program in order to volunteer on the 18th century farm site.