This is a typical period village set up, showing the experience of those who emigrated from Ireland to America in the 1600's The journey one makes after viewing the excellent video in the ticket center, starts in Ireland of the time with original school building, manor house, workmen's quarters doing their candlemaking, baking, etc. the buildings were either already esdstablished when the park started or brought here and reassembled from other areas of Ireland. The Ireland side includes a typical village of the day and the actual home where Thomas Mellon of American banking fame, was born.
There is a 'dockside' in the Irish village where you board the re-creation of the ships that brought the Irish to American in steerage. Powerful!.
As you exit the ship you are in an American village of the same era.
I have been in many of these "folk villages' in different countries. But this one, I think because of the way the path travels directly through the emigration experience of many of our ancestors has proven to be the most realistic and impact-full of them all.
There are level paths throughout the park with the only stairs (which can be bypassed) getting into and out of the ship....wheelchairs would have to miss the ship steerage section of the journey
I visited this park in early September and it was calm and not so crowded as I have experienced in other places. We had brought with us a picnic to have on the grounds but food is available. Can you tell that I loved it here.... I was a solo traveler but met up with my family including 3 generations for visiting the Park...all were equally entranced from us 60+ers to Grand nephew at 12 years.
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