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“Wonderful - even in the rain!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Frontier Culture Museum

Frontier Culture Museum
1290 Richmond Road, Staunton, VA 24402
540-332-7850
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Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Staunton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Hiking
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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.
Naples, FL
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“Wonderful - even in the rain!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

This is an outdoor experience - as it turns out it was a rainy day but we took a golf cart to go from building to building and they even gave us umbrellas to use. The person at the desk told us that it might be wet - but we soldiered on.
Well worth it. There are buildings from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries from Africa as well as England, Germany, Northern Ireland and America. At each stop a person in costume explains the significance of that dwelling or building. We were given a good map to use so that we could make our choices as our time was a factor.
Plan to spend at least an entire morning or afternoon in order to see all there is to see and hear all there is to hear. One of the highlights was the blacksmith who makes all of the iron hinges, etc. that are used in the museum.
This works well with all generations - many people had young children who enjoyed seeing the animals.

Visited October 2013
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English first
winchester, va
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“Wedding Shoot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Amazing venue, highly, highly recommend for location and setting. Had a great experience photographing a wedding at the Octogan Barn.

Visited October 2013
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Staunton, Virginia
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“Best museum I've been to for a long time!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This museum has buildings from several areas of the world and different times in history . Great place for history buffs like me . They have people in period type clothes and demo the way life was in their time period or part of the world . I also attended a wedding held there in a barn , just a great way to get married !

Visited September 2013
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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“Loved to See How My Ancestors Lived”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

The Frontier Culture Museum is a beautiful gem of a 'museum'--it has picturesque rolling hills, original historic architecture and real gardens and farm animals. The interpreters were very friendly and informative, and as one pointed out, this is an interactive place where you can sit on the furniture, touch things and pet the animals.

It was obvious that the interpreters work very hard tending to their gardens, caring for their animals, cooking in the fireplaces and keeping their 'homes' in good repair. I loved it especially because the stories of the cultures represented--English, Scotch-Irish, German, and West African--are all tied to my own family history. As we walked through the early American farms, I felt that I was seeing how my own ancestors lived, on homesteads in the Midwest.

My new husband and I visited on our Honeymoon while staying in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and we agreed that this would be a perfect place to visit for families with kids, or anyone who loves the outdoors. Highly recommend a trip into the beautiful city of Staunton as well! Loved it!

Visited October 2013
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Roanoke, Virginia, USA
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“Round Barn: Been There & Done That”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Not many places where you can visit and tour an actual ROUND barn. If you've never seen one, this is an excellent example. And if you or your spouse like gift shops, this place a very extensive one. Packed to the gills with wonderful arts and crafts reflecting the frontier farm theme and other common rural Virginia areas.

Visited December 2012
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