Calendar of Events – 2021

EVENT SCHEDULE   APRIL 3-4: Easter weekend 24-30: Wool Week.   First two days marketed towards general public for the weekend with a textile focus, school focus on the weekdays. This is when we will re-staff the farms for the season. May 4-7: Homeschool days/week. May 29-31: Memorial day weekend. interpreter activities augmented by small reenactor military timeline (because it’s a military holiday) June 19: Juneteenth. Details TBD. July 3-4: 4th of July Weekend. Not exclusively … [Read more...]

So You Got A New Camera for Christmas… Now What?

Did Santa bring you a new camera for Christmas? Or, do you finally want to use the one he brought you in 2010? New Date Added:  February 25 is now open If either these describes you, then please join us on February 25 for a digital photography workshop at the Frontier Culture Museum. You’ll learn some easy composition and lighting techniques to improve your photos and make them more visually engaging. You’ll also have the opportunity to put this new knowledge to immediate use at the … [Read more...]

You Can Now Support The Museum On Amazon

Here's an easy, painless, and totally free way to support the Museum! Select us as your designated Amazon Smile Charity, and Amazon will donate a portion of every purchase to the Museum. Just click on the Amazon link below, sign into your account, and select the American Frontier Culture Foundation as your charity of choice.  After that, 0.5% of every purchase you make on Amazon will be donated to the Museum at no cost to you.   … [Read more...]

The Meredith Furr Summer Camp Scholarship Fund

Sponsor A Camper for Mer .... Meredith Furr was a wonderful little girl and a member of our Frontier Culture Museum family. As many of you know, we recently lost Mer to cancer. To honor Mer, the Museum has created a scholarship program in her name. Last summer she was one of our campers and we know she’d be happy to help other kids enjoy the same opportunity. Every year, the Frontier Culture Museum hosts hundreds of kids for weeklong summer camps.  Our camps are fun and educational, … [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 ( 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...]

Toddler & Preschooler Frontier Time Continues Through The Summer!

The popular Toddler & Preschooler Frontier Time program will continue throughout the summer. New dates & themes have been added and reservations are now being accepted via the Welcome Center at 540-332-7850 Date:  Saturday Mornings Session Times:  9:00 am, 10:00 am, and 11:00 am Ages:  2-5 Years Old (a parent must accompany each child) Program Structure:  30 minutes of structured activity followed by 30 minutes of free time or exhibit visits Location:  Dairy Barn Education … [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...]

Easter Week Family Activities

Did you know that you should get your hair cut on Good Friday to prevent toothaches? That's just one of the many superstitions held by early frontier migrants and their ancestors.  Come experience Easter traditions of the past beginning this Thursday (March 24) and continuing through Easter Sunday.  There will be fun and educational activities for the entire family throughout the Museum from 9 am until 5 pm every day. General admission prices apply and as always, an annual pass is the best … [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...]

Winter Programs & Activities

2015 is Over! A big "thank you" to everyone who helped make 2015 a successful year!  We hope you were able to visit the Museum this past year to enjoy the many living history programs, activities and events that support the Museum's mission. 2016 is Here! Not everyone knows that the Museum is open year-round, and in fact there are a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities scheduled for January and February.  Most activities will begin indoors at the Museum's Welcome Center and include … [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...]

Fright At The Museum Canceled for 2015

It's with much regret that we are canceling Fright At The Museum this year (scheduled for Oct 29, 30, and 31). We've been fortunate to receive record numbers of school field trip requests this autumn. To support these educational program visitors, we are allocating all of our interpretive resources to meet the needs of students, teachers, and schools. This means we will not be able to also support Fright At The Museum in 2015. Educating school-age children is of utmost importance to … [Read more...]

Best Oktoberfest This Side of Bavaria!

guten Tag! Oktoberfest (the original one) has been held in Munich, Germany since 1810 and now is also celebrated in many other cities & towns around the world.   It's a major element of Bavarian culture, but if you're unable to make the trip to Germany you can enjoy the next best thing.... celebrating Oktoberfest on an actual 17th century German farm at the Frontier Culture Museum. If you'd like to combine a great festival celebration with a wonderful educational experience, we invite … [Read more...]

Vote Top 10 Endangered Artifacts 2014 Nominees

Here's the way that you can support the Frontier Culture Museum - by voting in the Virginia's Top 10 Endangered artifacts. The campaign from the Virginia Association of Museums is designed to create awareness of the importance of preserving artifacts at museums, libraries and archives throughout the Commonwealth and in the District of Columbia, and we're taking part. The Frontier Culture Museums entry is our Wampler Waggon! The Waggon, spelled with two "g's" was acquired from the … [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...]

Flax On, Flax Off

Time we all learned a bit about how Flax is harvested, processed and turned into linen.  This Saturday come out to the Museum and get some hands on experience with Flax.  There will also be weaving and spinning. Looking forward to seeing everyone here! West Africa - Garden, Site Work England - Garden, Spinning Wool Ireland - Weaving, Flax Harvesting, Flax Processing Germany - Spinning, Flax Harvest Native America - Cordage 1740 - Woodworking 1820 - Spinning, … [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...]

Wood and Shop Does It Again!

Many Thanks to Joshua and his Wood and Shop Blog! Check it out!   … [Read more...]

Great Blog Post From Spring Homeschool Day

Check out the great blog from Thrift Schooling!  Thanks!       Click Here To Read Thrift Schooling Blog … [Read more...]