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Feb 22, 2010 10:17 AM CST
Name: Huckleberry
Washington, D.C.
This is a place where you can share pictures and stories of historic places you've been to and ask here about popular historic destinations for your next trip.

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Feb 24, 2010 8:33 PM CST
Name: Laurel
I love where you are standing...the German farm at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA.. Also love that Polish crested chicken. Wish I had one (or more).
Mar 17, 2010 8:32 AM CST
Name: Huckleberry
Washington, D.C.
Thanks, Maypop! I think I'll introduce the Frontier Culture Museum to the rest of the forum so they know about this fabulous place, too!

The Frontier Culture Museum, located just outside of the beautiful and historic town of Staunton, Virginia, tells the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America, and of the life they created here for themselves and their descendants.

The museum is divided into two halves; one half featuring "The Old World" and the other half feature the "New World." The Old World has a variety of historic homesteads that were moved directly from their country of origin (Ireland, England, France, Germany, Africa, etc) and reconstructed on site. You can explore the homes, grounds, and gardens and speak with interpreters on site about what life was like back on these particular homesteads. I'm a huge fan of the accuracy of interpretation- they even have the appropriate heritage breeds of animals and varieties of vegetables at each site!

When you cross the into the New World half of the museum, you can see the subtle changes that were made as folks adapted to their new physical and cultural environments.

My favorite thing, like MaypopLaurel, is visiting with the chickens. In fact, I make a pilgrimage every October to visit them! (I see the rest of the museum, too, but really... I do it for the chickens.) Below is a picture of me standing in front of a barn at the German homestead, and my icon picture is of me playing with a Spitzhauben rooster!

For more information about location, hours, fees, and programs (which are many), check out the Frontier Culture Museum's Website:

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