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“Warm fires on a cold day”

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.
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Warm fires on a cold day”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

it was freezing cold on the day we trekked around the Frontier Culture Museum but at each structure, devoted re-enactors shared stories about the crafts they were practising and life in the day they were representing while allowing us to toast our feet at their hearths.

Exhibits of a really high standard - wish we could represent Irish history in such an accurate and fun way at home.

Visited December 2013
Thank SJIreland
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English first
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“English sheep even!”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

This place is great. Besides the farms which have all been moved from somewhere else in pieces, the animals are fun to see. On a crisp fall day this is the place to walk around. Lots of land between farms, crops growing at some of them (flax at Irish farm, herbs and veggies at German farm) and a lovely setting.

Visited September 2013
Thank Juliette S
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York, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful, educational & fun”
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
Thank jmbpicker
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Colonial frontier experience”
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
Thank TravelingWheatberry
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Oxford, MS
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56 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Living history over time”
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
Thank ontheroadreading
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