At The Museum: March 9-15

One Last Look At Winter 2015

After a long, hard winter, “Living History” is returning to the Frontier Culture Museum on Monday March 9th. Our costumed interpretive staff are back working on the Museum’s historic farms and exhibits for the first week of the 2015 Living History season.

This week’s activities include spring house cleaning, preparing fields and gardens for planting, stuffing bed mattresses, soap making, and building construction.



Monday through Friday
There’s a lot to see at the Museum as everyone prepares for the impending spring.  Here’s a quick look at some of the activities you’ll encounter throughout the week. Plan on coming more than one day if you want to see it all. *

The Forge Is Open For Business!

Old World

  • West Africa: Site will be closed to foot traffic for another week or so to allow snow melt to dissipate and the grounds to dry. Construction Will Begin On A Blacksmith Forge once conditions permit.
  • England: Historic House Cleaning.
  • Ireland: Field And Garden Preparation For Planting.
  • Germany: Spinning And Historic House Cleaning.
  • Forge: Traditional blacksmithing – Furniture hardware (chest hinges) and hearth equipment (andirons).

New World

  • Ganatastwi: Site Building, Crop Field Preparation.
  • 1740s America: Building A Corn Crib.
  • 1820s America: Vegetable Garden Preparation.
  • 1850s America: Stuffing Bed Mattresses With Straw.
  • Schoolhouse: Open For Viewing – No School This Week.

Saturday & Sunday
If you liked the activities throughout the week, you’ll love the featured activities this weekend!

Featured Activities:

Learning To Spin

Learning To Spin

    • Music & Dance, The Virginia Reel
      Sat 3:00pm-4:30pm, 1820s America exhibit.
    • A Traditional Spinsstube And Display Of Spinning Wheels
      Sat & Sun, 12:00-2:30pm, German Farm.
      The spinnstube tradition was akin to a modern quilting bee.  It originated in Germany and came to America with the immigrants who settled the frontier in the Shenandoah Valley.  Come see this tradition in person at the German Farm.
  • Mothering Sunday, Making A Simnel Cake
    Sun, All Day, English Farm.
    Learn the origins of Mothering Sunday, and how it evolved from an annual return to one’s “Mother Church” to a time for family reunions.


    A Traditional Simnel Cake for Mothering Sunday

* Want to see it all?  Consider getting an Annual Pass so you can come as often as you wish to see the things that interest you the most!  It pays for itself after just 2 visits.