Operated by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Frontier Culture Museum tells the story of the melding of the diverse cultures that settled Virginia and how they created a distinctly American frontier culture. The Old World exhibit represents the origin of the frontier culture with a 1700s West African farm, a 1600s English farmhouse, a 1700s Irish farm and forge with a working blacksmith shop, and a 1700s German farm.

The American exhibit demonstrates how both the Old World and Native American cultures produced a new American frontier culture. A 1700s Native American village shows how a displaced native community would have lived on the fringes of colonial settlement. A 1740s colonial farm depicts the rustic lives of early settlers. An 1820s American farm reveals the growing prosperity and security of the frontier. An 1850s American farmhouse with upstairs slave quarters, tobacco barn and outbuildings depicts a prosperous homestead. Costumed interpreters tell about the role of enslaved African Americans in the creation of this prosperity along the frontier.

This kid-friendly and accessible museum has lots of cute animals - ducks, geese, cows, goats and sheep. There are easy, scenic walking trails as well as paved roads and shuttles to the exhibits. Costumed interpreters provide history talks and demonstrations at each stop. The visitor center features a film about the arrival and blending of the four distinct cultures that produced the new American Frontier Culture and talks about the involuntary immigration of West Africans to the New World. The Museum has a great gift shop and provides tours, lectures, and seasonal events.

Pictured at the top: The Frontier Culture Museum features an English Farm.

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A costumed interpreter demonstrates blacksmithing at the Irish Forge.

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The 1850 House Kitchen and West African village reveal the domestic lives of the early settlers.