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Wheatley Farms “Fall for All” Harvest Festival


AHRC’s “Fall for All” is more than just a one-day event. It’s an opportunity to welcome the community to enjoy a carefully curated schedule offering a wide range of activities accessible to all. From sensory-friendly spaces to creative mask-making and face painting, every experience has been designed to foster inclusivity and ensure that every visitor can participate and enjoy the festivities.

*We have done our best to make the festival as accessible as possible. Since the event is being held on our working farm and 100-year-old estate, some features may not be easily accessible for people using wheelchairs or those who have difficulty walking on uneven surfaces.



Saturday, September 30, 2023 
189 Wheatley Road, Brookville, NY 11545

Advance Tickets: $20 per adult, $10 per child
t the Door: $25 per adult, $15 per child
(Save $5 per ticket by purchasing tickets in advance)



Big Tree Farm Logo 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 3pm (1 Hour Tours)

Welcome to ‘Big Tree Farm,’ a historical treasure built in 1917 by the esteemed firm of Walker & Gillette, nestled in the Village of Brookville. The vestiges of Olmsted’s original landscaping are throughout the estate, which once belonged to James Norman Hill, son of renowned railroad tycoon James J. Hill. The Hill family’s passion for horticulture flourished here, cultivating numerous specimen trees and plants and garnering accolades in botany competitions. The estate features an original Lord & Burnham Greenhouse and takes its name from a colossal sycamore tree that still stands on its grounds.

Today, the Mansion and campus are home to AHRC Nassau, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities across Long Island. “Fall for All” guests are invited on an approximately one-hour walking tour that shares the enchanting past of Big Tree Farm, where captivating architecture, rich horticultural legacies, and a profound commitment to community intertwine, creating an unforgettable experience for all. (This is included with the entry fee to the event.)

RSVP Required

Five decorated pumpkins


Have fun decorating a pumpkin with easy and creative crafts.  Also stop by for carving demonstrations.  This activity is open to all ages.
(Additional fee required for this activity)


Mask painting


Make enchanting masks celebrating the season.  This activity is open to all ages.

Two horses being led by a man


Saddle up and create a cherished memory on the back of a pony.
(Additional fee required for this activity).  This activity is open to children (weight limit).

*Accessible Alternative – Ongoing Animal Activities


Girl gets her face painted as a tiger


Add a dash of harvest flair to your face.  Be transformed into a fairy pumpkin, skeleton or whatever you can imagine. This activity is open to all ages.

Woman painting a portrait


Sit for a custom caricature portrait to remember the fun of the harvest festival. This activity is open to all ages.
(Additional fee required for this activity).  


Enchanted forest photo 10:30am-3:30pm
(Walk tours available every 30 minutes starting at 10:30am)
Walk through this interactive magical fairy garden and meet the farms’ resident elves and sprites.  Our pixies also will be available for photos. This activity is open to all ages.

Photo of an inflatable maze

Jump around the bounce house or experience the inflatable maze.  This activity is open to children and teens.

Child doing an obstacle course
Celebrate the season with outdoor sensory fun, including touch tanks, bubble tent, water tables and more. This activity is open to all ages.

*Accessible Alternative – Indoor Sensory Break

Collage of children participating in sensory activities

Take an indoor break in a room designed to calm and soothe the senses through the use of lights, sounds and color. This activity is open for people with special needs.

*Accessible Alternative – Auditory Accessible Option


Two scarecrows


Learn the time-honored craft of scarecrow making. This activity is open to all ages.

Photo of harvest-themed photo cutout


Strike a pose at the harvest-themed décor throughout the property, including the farm harvest truck displaying the best the season has to offer. This activity is open to all ages.

Harvest Festival Scavenger Hunt list


Complete the Harvest Hunt sheet of activities and receive a prize, while supplies last. This activity is open to all ages.

Leaf Man Book Cover10am-3:30pm
“Leaf Man” Book Walk

Experience the wind and colorful leaves of fall in a new way. Drift at your own pace through a “book walk” where the children’s book “Leaf Man” by Caldecott Honor-winning author-illustrator Lois Ehlert comes to life.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow book cover

11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm
Enjoy a dramatic reading of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

*Accessible Alternative – Books Come Alive

Times OfferedActivityAudiences
9:00am-3:30pmDECORATE YOUR PUMPKIN (Additional fee required)All Ages
9:30am-3:30pmPONY RIDES (Additional fee required)Children (weight limit)
9:00am-3:30pmMAKE YOUR OWN MASKAll Ages
9:30am-3:30pmPORTRAIT ARTIST (Additional fee required)All Ages
9:00am-3:30pmINDOOR SENSORY BREAKFor people with special needs
9:00am-3:30pmMAKE YOUR OWN SCARECROWAll Ages
9:00am-3:30pmHARVEST HUNTAll Ages
10:30am-3:30pm"LEAF MAN" BOOK WALKChildren
10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm and 3pmWALKING TOUR - "BIG TREE FARM" Mansion & Grounds (RSVP Required)All Ages
11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pmSTORYTIME: THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOWAll Ages
10:30am-3:30pm (Tours are every 30 minutes)THE ENCHANTED FORESTAll Ages

Additional fall fun includes a DJ, DEI culture corner and opportunities to pose beside a festive farm truck, display scarecrows, character cutouts, and more!