O'Brien Farm - Historic Places Days

O’Brien Farm

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Type
House Museum/Homestead
Address
150 Oxen Pond Road, St. John's, NL, Canada
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Hours
Wednesday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Please note O'Brien Farm is occasionally closed for private events. Please check the calendar on our website before stopping by.)
Phone
(709) 576-6882

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O’Brien Farm is a 200 year-old, active, working farm where people learn about and practice sustainable food production. It also tells the story of Irish settlement in St. John’s, NL through the story of the O’Brien family.

Situated in the Freshwater Valley in the middle of St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, O’Brien Farm is one of the last original family farms in the city. In its day, O’Brien Farm along with similar farms – most of which were also operated by Irish families—fed the northeast Avalon Peninsula. A dairy operation for most of the farm’s 180+ years, the O’Brien family developed the hillside meadows for hay and in summer cattle grazed in common pastures on Mount Scio.

The last of the family line, three bachelor brothers, John, Mike, and Aly, tell a story of resistance, stubbornness, and passion for their land. Amid concerns that the farm would be swallowed by urban development, the O’Brien Farm Foundation was formed in 2011 to preserve, develop, and operate the farm, according to the wishes expressed in Aly O’Brien’s will.

Today, O’Brien Farm is home to a brand new Visitors’ Centre and Kitchen Barn, where we host educational programs, workshops, and fun events. Stop by to explore our trails, and learn about farming, food sustainability, and Irish Newfoundland heritage.

Amenities

  • Family-Friendly
  • Guided Tour
  • Parking
  • Parkland
  • Washrooms
  • Wheelchair Access

Fun Facts

Thimble Cottage, the 1850s saltbox style house that graces the property, was built as a summer home by Timothy O’Brien, son of John O’Brien who first settled the farm. Today, it is a Registered Heritage Structure, representative of traditional Newfoundland vernacular architecture of the period. By 1875, it had become the primary residence for the farm, replacing what was believed to have been the original Irish longhouse with residence and stable combined.

Location

150 Oxen Pond Road, St. John's, NL, Canada
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