Experience Frontier Life

Experience Frontier Life

The living-history Frontier Culture Museum offers a look at life in early America. The museum displays and enacts the influence of the early settlers on Virginian history.

The New York Times says the Frontier Culture Museum celebrates “the common folk – who in their uncommon fortitude and adaptations of skills – contributed an essential ingredient to our country’s heritage.”

The museum displays a series of authentic historic farms, each moved from their country of origin and reconstructed at the museum site: an English farm from the 1690s; a German farm from 1710; a Scots-Irish farm from the 1730s; a West African compound that recreates life from the 1700’s; and several American structures dating from the mid-nineteenth century. The exhibits depict how the descendants of colonists from England, Ireland, and Germany created a common, American identity.

frontier-culture-museumThe open-air museum also includes a blacksmith’s forge, livestock, and agricultural fields with authentic period crop-raising methods.

Walking paths and trails allow Museum guests to visit all 11 permanent exhibits in both the “Old World” and “American” areas of the museum.

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The New York Times says the Frontier Culture Museum celebrates “the common folk – who in their uncommon fortitude and adaptations of skills – contributed an essential ingredient to our country’s heritage.”

Insider's Tip:
Allow three to four hours to explore the entire museum.
Insider's Tip:
Allow three to four hours to explore the entire museum.