The Difference Between Lammas and Llamas

The business of bringing the past to life is always interesting and, sometimes, tricky. This is especially true when you learn something new about the past, such as, for example, an old folk holiday a couple of the cultures the Frontier Culture Museum represents celebrated long ago and brought to America, but is now nearly forgotten. Then, when you are really in the mood to cause confusion and consternation, you put an event on the calendar and name it after this old, forgotten holiday, and … [Read more...]

Agriculture In The Classroom Seminar

Attention Educators...  On July 20th, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, the Frontier Culture Museum will host "Sprouting Success", a professional development workshop produced by Agriculture in the Classroom (agintheclass.org). This professional development workshop will feature cross-curricular, standards-aligned lessons and resources that use Virginia agriculture and natural resources to engage PK-5 learners in science, mathematics, language arts and social studies. Participants will enjoy: … [Read more...]

Lots of Fun Activities This Saturday 4/30

This Saturday is our annual Spring Homeschool Day at the Frontier Culture Museum.  But don't let the name fool you... You don't have to be homeschooled to come on Saturday to see the wonderful exhibits and historical interpreters.  Everyone can enjoy great hands-on learning and interactive education. Did we mention that ticket prices are discounted by 50% on Saturday?  Get your tickets in advance and avoid the lines! Date:  Saturday, April 30, 2016 Time:  9 AM – 5 PM Advance Tickets:  $5 … [Read more...]

Coopering Demonstrations this Weekend 4/16 & 4/17

The Museum will be hosting coopering demonstrations by Marshall Scheetz this Saturday and Sunday on the German Farm exhibit. Master Cooper, Marshall Scheetz is a Virginia based tradesman/artist who served a six-year apprenticeship under a traditional master cooper. Inspired by historical research, he practices tight, dry, and white coopering and creates accurate reproductions of period cooperage including hogsheads, barrels, firkins, butter churns, tubs, piggins, buckets, along with art work … [Read more...]

Food Truck Battle Returns for 2nd Year

The Frontier Culture Museum will once again host the Virginia Food Truck Battle & Beer Competition benefitting THE MADEE PROJECT.  For those who may not know, The MaDee Project is a non-profit charity that helps families with children battling pediatric cancer.  This fundraising event is scheduled for Sunday, September 4th, 2016 here at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA. The number of participating food trucks has expanded from last year and will feature 3 zones with a total of … [Read more...]

Wool Days – 2017

Date: April 26-29, 2016 Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Tickets: General admission rates apply $12 Adults $7 Child Under Age 6 Free Annual Pass Holders get in Free!  Get an Annual Pass and come every day! Schedule of Activities: Experience the process of turning raw materials into finished products the way it was done on the early Frontier.  Visitors at the museum during Wool Days will see sheep shearing using traditional hand shears, cleaning, carting, dyeing, spinning, … [Read more...]

Children’s Easter Workshop (3/26)

Join us on March 26th for a fun and educational children’s workshop in which the participants learn about Easter traditions from England, Germany, and early America. Participants decorate traditional Easter Eggs, take part in an Egg Hunt, make small hot cross buns, play games, and watch the burning of the fire wheel at the end of the day! Date:  March 26, 2016 Time: 1:00 pm–4:00 pm Ages 5-8 : Drop off & pick up location:  Education Room, 1st floor of Dairy Barn (Limit: 30) Ages … [Read more...]

Spring Lecture Series

2016 Dates & Times: Lecture #1 - March 22, 7:00 pm Lecture #2 - March 29, 7:00 pm Lecture #3 - April 5, 7:00 pm Lecture #4 - April 12, 7:00 pm Many of you will notice that our traditional "Winter" Lecture Series is now a "Spring" Lecture Series. After quite a few weather-related postponements last year, we've conceded evening events during the winter to Mother Nature.  Let's all hope Punxsutawney Phil is correct and spring arrives early this year! All lectures will be in the Dairy … [Read more...]

Lantern Tours: Dec 18-23

December 18-23, 2015 Tickets Now On Sale! (click here for tickets) Join us for an after-dark tour around the Museum by lantern light this holiday season! Visitors will enjoy stories, skits, and vignettes in England, Ireland, Germany, 1820s America, and 1850s America including a Mummer's play near the Irish Forge and a horse-drawn wagon ride from the Old World to the New World. Dates:  December 18-23 Tour Times:  6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, & 8:00 pm Cost:  Adults $15.00, Children … [Read more...]

Evening of Holiday Traditions: December 5

December 5, 2015 Join us in celebrating the season on our sites with an evening of holiday traditions. Costumed staff will demonstrate Christmas traditions and customs of the past at England, Ireland, Germany, 1820s America and 1850s America. Stroll through the Museum's exhibits after hours to view traditional Holiday Decorations and learn about traditions from the past in both the Old World and America December 5, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm Advance Tickets:  Adults (18 & Older) … [Read more...]

Children’s Holiday Workshop: December 5

Sign up for the December 5, 2015 Children's Holiday Workshop. Kids - Join us for a fun and educational children's workshop in which the participants learn about Christmas traditions from England, Germany, and early America. Participants help decorate traditional German cookies, take part in a wassail party, make small currant cakes, create Christmas garlands, bake sugar cookies, and listen and dance to traditional music. The Dairy Barn is the central location for the workshop; however a … [Read more...]

Winter Lecture Series 2015

The Museum's Winter Lecture Series is nearly upon us. The series title this year is, Living on the Edge: The Frontier Remembered in Early American Fiction. The series focuses on the work of four writers who used the 18th century American frontier as a setting for their stories and created characters and situations that, perhaps, came to represent that frontier in the minds of their readers. The writers featured in the series are William Gilmore Simms, Hugh Henry Brackenridge, James Fenimore … [Read more...]

Green, Green Garden!

But though an old man, I am but a young gardener - Thomas Jefferson This Saturday is Gardening Day at the Museum!  All the Gardens are producing and it's time for harvesting. Come out and learn all about the heirloom veggies we grow.  You just might even get to take some home with you! Here's the low down on what's going on at each Farm! West Africa - garden, site work England - Foodways, baking, garden Ireland - Garden work, harvesting potatoes, harvesting Rye Germany - … [Read more...]

Traditional July 4th

Activities include the reading of the Declaration of Independence, Sack Races, Watermelon Seed spitting contest and more. Here is a full schedule of the day West African Farm - Gardening and Site Work England - Baking Bread and Gardening Ireland - Flax Processing and Gardening Germany - Traditional Foodways Native American Farm - Games and Cordage Making 1740 - Garden and Field Work 1820 Farm - 12:00pm Introduction, Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Toasts … [Read more...]

Wine, Beer & Jazz Festival

The Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail, comprised of wineries in the Shenandoah Valley American Viticultural Area, will present the 6th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival from 1 til 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton. Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door, which includes admission to the Museum, souvenir wine glass, and wine tastings from 10 wineries. Advance tickets may be purchased online CLICK HERE and at the tasting rooms of Barren Ridge and Ox-Eye … [Read more...]