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Frontier Culture Museum

1290 Richmond Road, Staunton, VA 24402
540-332-7850
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Staunton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Hiking
Owner description: Four working farms, inhabited by interpreters dressed in period costumes, who try to accurately...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Hiking
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Four working farms, inhabited by interpreters dressed in period costumes, who try to accurately depict what life was like on the farm during the period that they are demonstrating (17th, 18th, and 19th centuries). The farms represent the German, Scotch-Irish, English and American settlers.

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English first
Idaho
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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The Frontier Culture Museum is a collection of farms from many countries. The interpreters are very informative and dressed in clothing that reflects their country's farmstead. This is worth a visit if you like history. It is recommended to spend two hours; I would recommend more. We will return on our next visit to Staunton.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Well maintained historical site. The locals dressed in period costume was nice. Lots of walking. If you have problems with long walks, please rent a golf cart. I did and it is worth the extra expense.

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is an outdoor museum that showcases authentic farm life from a variety of countries: the buildings were moved from Europe and reassembled on site, some date back to the 18th Century. Even the animals are authentic breeds from the period of each farm. Each 'farm' has a period style docent with interesting stories about farm life. Fun and educational... More 

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Draper, Virginia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
39 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

It was a cold, wet day when we visited and we didn't know we'd be expected to do a lot of walking outside. Luckily we were able to hook up with a shuttle tour group, but if we'd had to walk it would have been worse. We were very chilled when the tour was over. Not all the exhibits are... More 

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The exhibits and live re-enactors are absolutely marvelous. Our family is kin to the Bowman family who have one of the exhibits there. The experience at Christmas is absolutely touching and well worth the admission. We go every year.

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Richmond, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

A beautiful place to walk, learn, explore, wander in and out of old homes, trade shops. Learn about times before the industrial age. Gorgeous scenerey in the Shenandoa Valley. Knowledgable staff.

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Manassas, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This was a wonderful living history museum. The tour takes you through an African Village, British Manor House, Irish Forge, Irish Home, Southern German House, Native American Village, and three American houses from different eras (1740s, 1820s, and 1850s). Most of the buildings are reconstructed from actual period homes, and the historical interpreters were fascinating. The film at the beginning... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

You may never find another museum quite like this one. They approach US history as impossible to study without studying the people and cultures of the Old World who came here. There is a West African, Irish, German, & English village plus 3 different American settlements representing different time periods. These are pretty authentic. The English home is a home... More 

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Washington, DC
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94 reviews 94 reviews
36 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This excellent outdoor museum presents historic farms from the Old World (Ireland, Germany, England, and Africa) from which America' settlers emigrated and the farms they built in the Shenandoah Valley when it was America's western frontier. A lively introductory movie, costumed "living history" museum staff, and lots of sheep, goats, pigs, and cattle make for a fun experience while learning... More 

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I visited this museum many years ago and liked it very much. I recently returned and found that so much more had been added. This place is unique and can provide a learning experience for every level of individual history interest. It is authentic and I found the people that work in the different sites to be very knowledgeable. Overall,... More 

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