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“Beautiful, educational & fun”

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.
York, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
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“Beautiful, educational & fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

7 different styles of historic homesteads, re-enactors in period clothing, living farms...so much to learn & experience.

Visited November 2013
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Colonial frontier experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

Having visited Williamsburg, Jamestown, Mount Vernon, and Monticello--all well-known historical attractions--we were surprised to find this little-known gem of a look at the world of the people who settled this land. The museum is spread out in a park-like setting among examples of the dwellings and lives of colonists and immigrant settlers, both from their original homelands and in this country, spanning three centuries. The kids loved seeing the farm animals and listening to the character actors explain the habitats and lifestyles of early settlers. The Frontier Culture Museum is well worth a visit, and is a great complement to the historical attractions in eastern Virginia.

Visited June 2013
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Oxford, MS
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56 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Living history over time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013

We had just come from 4 days at Williamsburg so we were not looking forward to another living history museum but this was well worth it. There is an Old World section with displays of 17th and 18th century farms in Europe and Africa where a large number of America's early immigrants came from - Africa, Ireland, England and Germany. The New World section showed how these ancestral traditions evolved over time in America - farms from early Native Americans, 1740, 1820, and 1850. Knowledgeable interpreters were active in a wide range of everyday tasks. The grounds were walkable but there were golf carts and a shuttle to assist in getting around. A real learning experience!

Visited October 2013
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Naples, FL
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86 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Wonderful - even in the rain!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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winchester, va
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8 reviews
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“Wedding Shoot”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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