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Frontier Culture Museum
Ranked #2 of 35 things to do in Staunton
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
East Granby Ct
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4 reviews
Reviewed March 15, 2013

We visited the museum in Feb 2012 and found it very worthwhile to have spent an extra day in Staunton. Fortunately,the weather was sunny and not too cold for that time of year. We found the tour (in a golf cart) to be most informative ,both from a visual and a narrative view. Our docent was well versed in her subject matter. Would love to come back in the spring and summer,when there is full participation at each site by those in dress of a particular era and country. Well worth the modest entry fee.

Visited April 2012
Thank RECR
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English first
Franklin, Maine, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Museum Visit”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Was not too welcoming during the winter - understandably, enough. Only ones there were school children. Gift shop was friendly.

Visited February 2013
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Brooklyn, NY
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175 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2013

This is the only museum of this type in the country. They have recreated the authentic living conditions of homesteads from West Africa, Germany, Northern Ireland, England and the Shenandoah Valley from the time that settlers came to the Shenandoah region. They disassembled homes from all those regions and transported them to the museum site, along with farm and other trade tools. Each homestead is complete with livestock indigenous to those regions which the staff tends to and breeds. In the Spring, Summer and Fall they offer "interpretive" tours where staff members dress in authentic costumes and tend the fields, livestock and chores as the settlers would have, demonstrating how settlers brought to this region the skills, foods and customs from their homelands. The tour begins with a video and you can browse through artifacts before going into the fields. The staff is extremely knowledgeable about the history and love to share all the facts with visitors. There is a museum shop on the premises, but most of the items are touristy chachkas and local goods on consignment. The museum is a good activity for families when in the Staunton area.

Visited February 2013
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Staunton, Virginia
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201 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Always something going on”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

Lots of exhibits and great for children. facilities are for rent for events, and the view is to die for

Visited September 2012
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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“best in warmer weather”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

definately worth a visit, it was too windy and cold when we visited but we will go back in the Spring, a presentation of the mixing bowl that America has and should always be

Visited January 2013
Thank Georgeann B
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