BURKE — Volunteers and members of the Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder Association met Saturday morning at the Wilder Homestead, 177 Stacy Road, to help get the historic site ready for its annual operations.
About 18 volunteers help with flower bed cleanup, trail maintenance, fence repairs, barn sweeping, schoolhouse cleaning and moving items from the visitor center in preparation for a second-floor renovation.
The Wilder Homestead will be open for the 2022 season starting on May 28 with tours offered every day at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. The season is expected to close the last week of September.
Adult tickets are $12, senior tickets are $10, youth tickets for ages 6 to 16 are $6, and children 5 and younger are free. Active members of the military with proper ID also get free admission. Families of active military service members will have their admission ticket prices reduced by half.
The visitor center features a shop and museum, and will be open to the public during the farm’s operating hours.
Private tours are also offered. They can be scheduled on the farm’s website, www.almanzowilderfarm.com, for 10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Tours can last as long as two hours.
Three major events are planned this summer at the farm.
The Celebration of Youth & Morgan Horse Event is slated for July 16. The Heart’s Delight Morgan horses from the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy and Canadian-American actor Dean Butler are set to make appearances.
On Aug. 27, the farm plans to host a Scottish-themed festival featuring traditional food, Scottish-centric games, and music from the Elgin & District Pipe Band.
This year’s Harvest Festival is slated for the weekend of Sept. 25 and 26. Featured at this event are skits, displays and skirmishes performed by the Adirondack Regiment of Civil War Reenactors.
For more information on the farm, visit www.almanzowilderfarm.com.