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“Frontier Culture Museum”

Frontier Culture Museum
Ranked #2 of 36 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.
Reviewed July 30, 2013

A beautiful location for an outstanding attraction filled wonders to expand your world. Conveniently located near I-81 north/south and I-64 east/west. Venture thru the villages of West Africa, England, Germany and Ireland. Children love the animals. The attire is authentic as well as the food prepared in the villages.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

It isn't as commercialized like Colonial Williamsburg, but it does bring a fresh look to history in this area. Bringing the founding "nations" together in the Shenandoah Valley. If it is a hot day, take a hat or an umbrella for shade as there is a lot of walking. The European countries are close together, but the new world (America) is about 1/2 mile walk from the other settlements. It does give the sense of traveling to the new land, and there is a golf cart that you can hitch a ride on, if you can't walk.

Look online and catch some of the special events that take place here, and you'll definitely get your moneys worth.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a wonderful surprise for anyone looking to spend a day learning and talking wth friends/family. Fascinating exhibits bring back the culture from "back in the day". Lots of special events on the calendar as weel!

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Reviewed July 24, 2013

At the end of an afternoon, we stopped at this museum -- really more a living history experience like Colonial Williamsburg than just a brick-and-mortar museum -- not realizing that it was about to close for the day. Even so, the staff person on duty was very generous with her time, talking with us and allowing us to look around the permanent indoor displays for a while. What we saw and heard just whetted our appetites to return and make a proper visit. Parents and children alike should find this museum well worth visiting.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

I wasn't sure how my 14 and 8 year old boys would react to this museum on a hot, hot July day. But I didn't have to worry! They really enjoyed it. We started by watching the orientation video and then set out to travel through time. We started with the West African village, then went to England, Ireland, and Germany. There were people at each location working and willing to chat about what they were doing. My kids especially liked the Irish forge and talking with the blacksmith--they enjoyed hearing about the science behind the technology and how iron working changed over time and location.

Each location had some farm animals and plenty to see and explore. We liked that we were invited to touch and interact with the items. There were kids there participating in a day camp with the museum, and they seemed to be having a great time despite the heat. They were dressed in costume and shared activities with the kids.

By the end of the afternoon we were hot and tired, and glad of the shuttle ride back to the museum. What a great idea. The gift shop is small but had a wide selection of nice historical gifts and amusements, much more reasonably priced than Monticello which we visited the next day. If you are going in the summer, make sure that you take water bottles with you, as it does get hot. There are a few water fountains around to refill.

We all loved this museum...we just wish that it was closer to us so that we could go more often and take field trips there!

Thank aster143
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