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Frontier Culture Museum

1290 Richmond Avenue, Staunton, Virginia 24401 USA

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“tells the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America”

The Frontier Culture Museum tells the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America, and of the life they created here for themselves and their descendents. These first pioneers came to America during the 1600s and 1700s from communities in the hinterlands of England, Germany, Ireland, and West Africa. Many were farmers and rural craftsmen set in motion by changing conditions in their homelands, and drawn to the American colonies by opportunities for a better life. Others came as unwilling captives to work on farms and plantations. Regardless of how they arrived, all became Americans, and all contributed to the success of the colonies, and of the United States. To tell the story of these early immigrants and their American descendents, the Museum has moved or reproduced examples of traditional rural buildings from England, Germany, Ireland, West Africa, and America. The Museum engages the public at these exhibits with a combination of interpretive signage and living history demonstrations. The outdoor exhibits are located in two separate areas: the Old World and America. The Old World exhibits show rural life and culture in four homelands of early migrants to the American colonies. The American exhibits show the life these colonists and their descendents created in the colonial backcountry, how this life changed over more than a century, and how life in the United States today is shaped by its frontier past.

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Reviewed by
lindsaykelley

  • 3 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 10, 2014

Stopped here yesterday. We loved going through all the period houses, many of which have been carefully disassembled from their original locations and reassembled on the museum grounds, otherwise have been constructed in accordance with archaeological and historical records. You'll see workers in costumes reenacting daily jobs such as spinning thread, gardening, splitting wood, iron forging, tending to animals. Worth checking out! Adults are only $10 and it's just off the highway.

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  • 6 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
March 11, 2019
Rated 5.0

This was a little gem of a place off the main road. Our GPS didn’t take us exactly to it and the signs are easy to miss but it was great! If you love a living breathing museum with interpreters dressed in the time and cultures of the early American immigrants from Europe, it is a treat for all, kids and adults.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
emmyw95

  • 7 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 19, 2017
Rated 5.0

Loved this place! Wish I could have spent all day here! I was expecting more of a museum and was delighted to realize it was much more. You experience each era and location as if you were really there.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
daveandpam309

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
October 31, 2020

We stopped at the museum yesterday and what a treat! We had expected to spend an jhour, but were there about 2 1/2 hours. They have houses that have been relocated to their site from 1700 England and Ireland, along with American frontiers homes from the 1800s among others. There were staffat most sites to describe life at that time and place. A real find.

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ChantelMendenhall

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
October 12, 2020
Rated 5.0

Several of the exhibits were unmanned due to COVID, but we still learned a lot and really enjoyed ourselves. This makes for a great stop during a road trip, but it took us about 3 hours and we still didn’t see everything. Prepare for a lot of walking on a paved path.

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dreamersisland

  • 3 Reviews
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September 13, 2017
Rated 5.0

Really enjoyed this place the people along the tour were very nice!

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Frontier Culture Museum

1290 Richmond Avenue
Staunton, Virginia
24401 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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