Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton, Virginia

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By John Cowgill

You may have seen the signs for the Frontier Culture Museum while driving along Interstate 81 near Staunton. You will be surprised at what you find there.

After paying admission at the visitors center and taking a short walk, you are on an African farm. After looking around, you take another walk and find yourself in England at a farm in 1600. The family invites you inside, and they are cooking a delicious meal.

But you are looking to visit a museum, and next, you’re on an Irish farm in the year 1700.  What is going on?  The next thing you know, you are on a German farm.  You walk further, and you find yourself in America. In an instant, you go from 1700 to 1820 and then 1850. You are supposed to be visiting a museum.  How did you end up here?  You walk a little more, and you are back at the visitor center.

Frontier Culture Museum

1700s German farmhouse

On a recent visit, the staffer at the counter asked, “Did you enjoy your visit at the Frontier Culture Museum?” The visitor was very puzzled.  “Sorry, ma’am, but I never found the museum.  I found myself in Africa, England, Ireland, Germany, and then I was in early America.  As far as the museum, I never found it.”

Frontier Culture Museum

1700s Irish farmhouse

About the Museum

This is the Frontier Culture Museum. It demonstrates how unique cultures have evolved through the years from the early days of North America and of Europe and Africa. Visitors see how people cooked, their gardening methods, and can meet woodworkers and spinners and a blacksmith working on their crafts.

The Frontier Culture Museum is located just off Interstate 81 and U.S. Route 250 in Staunton, Virginia. Visit frontiermuseum.org/ to learn more about the museum.  It is a great place to get away from today and go back in time.

John Cowgill frequently writes about day trips and local attractions.

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