Museum Lecture series, Curator Chats & Gallery Walks on a variety of topics and exhibits are given throughout the year and are announced through Museum publications, and in the media. Admission varies with museum members given a discounted or free admission.

Tours of Ella’s Hillside Farmhouse for adult or student groups may be arranged by contacting the Museum. “Add-ons” include slide presentations and “make & take” projects.


Victorian Holiday At Hillside 

The Ella Sharp Museum’s Victorian Holiday at Hillside festival is coming soon. Take the afternoon off from your busy schedule and join us for this special holiday event. Stop in to our historic buildings and glimpse holiday celebrations of the Victorian era. Purchase a unique gift at the General Store, make a Victorian era inspired ornament, enjoy a treat in the Granary, listen to carolers as they stroll down Farm Lane, along with many other fun holiday activities for the whole family.

The event will be Sunday, December 6, from noon to 4 p.m.  The event is a free family event with some activities accepting donations.


Sugaring & Shearing
Welcome Spring at the Ella Sharp Museum’s annual Sugaring & Shearing festival – the last weekend in March. Farm lane will be bustling with activities like Puddingstone Farm’s petting zoo, sheep shearing, and traditional craftsmanship. Stop by the sugar bush for live sap-to-syrup demonstrations. All six galleries will be open with free admission, and all historical buildings will be open to visitors.

To find out more information about the festival or how you can help call 517-787-2320!

Did you know that a professional shearer can shear a sheep in less than 2 minutes? The world record for shearing sheep is 839 lambs in 9 hours, by Rodney Sutton of New Zealand.



Speaking with Spirits: the Ella’s Cemetery Walk
This is a guided walking tour through a portion of Maple Grove Cemetery in Concord. The group will be led to gravesites where they will listen to stories told in the first person by reenactors.

Cost $12 / Members $10
Call the museum at 517-787-2320 to reserve your spot!


Fall Harvest

Takes place on Sunday, October 4th, from noon-4 p.m. and celebrates harvest time with cider and donuts, period food demonstrations in Ella’s Farmhouse kitchen, pumpkin decorating, an antique tractor parade, farmers market, new exhibitions, art activities for children, and more.


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