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by Cloutier Academy
January 13, 2009
Raleigh, North Carolina
April 6, 2005
There are fields and animals, as each set of buildings is a working farm, and there is also a forge with a blacksmith. I found it fascinating to see these 200+-year-old buildings transplanted to Virginia from towns in Ireland, Germany and England.
There's also a very interesting American frontier house that looks like it was transported from a John Wayne movie.
Spend at least a couple of hours here. The docents are dressed in period, very friendly and know their stuff, but don't insist on 'being in character' which makes them very approachable. The animals will keep the kids amused while they 'learn' through immersion.
The museum store also has excellent fudge!
From journal Mountain Shakespeare weekend in VA
September 24, 2003
The Scotch/Irish farm boasts a genuine thatch roof and stucco/stone walls. It is from the Ulster area of Northern Ireland (County Tyrone) and is a replica of an early 18th century Irish farmstead. It also has an 18th century blacksmith shop attached to the farm.
The German farm is a replica of a peasant farm from the Rhineland area of Germany during the first half of the 18th century. It consists of a farmhouse and a large double barn. There is also a working well on the property to show how water was obtained. The interior of the house has dirt or wooden floors. There is a main floor and a sleeping area in the "attic/loft" area.
The English farm is still under reconstruction. It actually consists of buildings from two different sites, dating back to the early 16th century. The farmhouse is completed and open and came from Worcestershire area and dates back to 1630. There are three other outbuildings that are still being completed. There is an 18th century cowshed that has already been completed.
The American farm consists of 11 original buildings which once comprised an early 19th century Shenandoah farmstead. The American farm shows how the other three cultures (English, German, Scotch/Irish) all came together in settling the Shenandoah Valley and created the American Farm.
Interpreters are on the property to illustrate the lifestyles and patterns of the various families inhabiting the farms in each respective time period.
From journal Massanutten Mountains
Fairview Park, Ohio
February 25, 2003
Admission fees for Sept. 2002 were:
Child $4.00 (6-12)
Student $7.00 (13-18, college w/ID)
Youth above rates (5-18)
From journal Massanutten's Shenandoah Villas
February 6, 2003
From journal A Respite in Mountainous Virginia
, Virginia, Turkey
September 29, 2002
Frontier Culture Museum focuses on farm life both in the US and the immigrants home countries. We learned that the 18th century Virginia frontier was settled mainly by Germans, Scotch-Irish, English and Africans. Therefore, there were farms from Germany, Ireland, England, and United States.
When we visited they only had a self-guided walking tours. We stopped at various farms and the volunteers and workers that enacted the life informed us about the daily life on that farm. What was so fun about visiting the Frontier Culture Museum is that you can see how they used to live in the old days. Walking in the rooms of the house, watching the workers go on with their daily chores makes you both nostalgic and at the same time grateful that you don''t have to live in that conditions. Still after our visit I discovered myself daydreaming about living in a farm in the old days and working hard to get ready for winter . . .
What was suprising for my husband and me was to see how linen was made. First, the farmers grow the flaw. Later, in autumn they cut it and put it on ground so it would get wet at night with the dew and would dry of with the sun during the day. Afterwards, the pieces of flax are beating with a machine, which seperates the insides and outsides of the flax. The inside is thrown away and the outside is spinned to make a big yarn. Later, it was weaven as a cloth. We don't work this hard to have a shirt anymore and watching how hard our ancestors work makes me appreciate them more.
From journal Staunton
Cary, North Carolina
July 7, 2000
From journal Staunton, Virginia - A Small-Town Treasure