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...]

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...]

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...]