Frontier Folkways Festival

DSC_0334.6color.FFF.v2-01September 19, 2015

Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Bring the entire family to enjoy a day of traditional daily-life activities from the past including, crafts, trades, foodways, and musical entertainment on all of the Museum’s Old World and American Exhibits.  Through Living History demonstrations,  you’ll learn the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America and the life they created here for themselves and their descendants.  Perfect for homeschool and family field trips.

Festival Activities

Ancestral Skills, Historic Trades & Traditional Entertainment

Artisans & Crafts  *  Musical Performers  *  Quilting  *  Music & Dance
Weaving  *  Farm Animals  *  Spinning  *  Storytellers  *  Blacksmithing
Face Painting  *  Traditional Foodways  *  Children’s Games
Old World & American Exhibits  *  Expo Vendor Area

Special Guest Performer – Corey Harris

Tickets Available Online at or at the Museum Welcome Center

  • Annual Pass Holders – Free   (Buy Your Annual Family Pass Here)
  • Adults – $7.00 / $5.00 (in advance)
  • Youth 6-12 – $5.00 / $3.00 (in advance)
  • Children under 6 – Free


Come Early… If You Want To See Everything! 

(Suggested Itinerary)

Morning  9:00-12:00 am :
Start your day by visiting the 5 Old World exhibits
Lunchtime 12:00-1:00 pm : 
Visit the Expo area for a wide range of traditional crafts, products, and services
Enjoy lunch at one of the excellent food vendors.
Traditional Blues Concert 1:00-2:00 pm :
Acoustic Guitar Solo Performance featuring Corey Harris
Afternoon 2:00-5:00 pm : 
Travel to America to enjoy the live performances on the three American Farms
Take in a lesson at the Schoolhouse, or dress up in period costumes for pictures
Stop by the Mount Tabor Log Church, the Museum’s newest exhibit.

Schedule of Activities (subject to change)


See Minor Breed Animals

1700s West African Farm
Traditional Activities           9:00 – 12:00
Animals: Goats                       All Day

1600s English Farm
Sweet Wag Shakespeare     10:00 – 1:00
Laundry                                  Morning
Animals: Sheep                      All Day


Wash Day!

1700s Irish Farm              
Weaving                                 Morning
Flax Processing                     Morning

Storytelling                            10:00 – 12:00
Bagpipie Playing                  Morning
Animals: Pigs & Sheep         All Day

1700s Irish Forge
Blacksmithing                       All Day

Corey Harris - Playing Traditional Blues

Corey Harris – Playing Traditional Blues        (click image  to hear a sample of Corey’s music)

1700s German Farm
Fruit Butter Making            Morning
Music: Scheitholt                 Morning
Animals: Chickens               All Day

Cochran Pavilion
Acoustic Guitar Blues Concert  1:00 – 2:00
featuring Corey Harris

EXPO Area @ Dairy Barn Crossing

Food Vendors                       All Day
– Rick’s BBQ
– Delicious Dishe
– My TaKito

– Branch’s Soft-Serve Ice Cream
– MJ’s Kickin Kettle Corn

Outdoor Cooking at 1850 America
Outdoor Cooking!

Expo Exhibitors                   All Day
– Made by Mieka Olive Oil Soaps
– Hungry Hill Farm Honey & Beekeeping
– Fields of Gold  (Weaving Demo 1:00)
– Face Painting by Expressions
– Lucky Moon Farm
– Project Grows
– Monticello & Thom. Jefferson’s Inventions
– Virginia Lovers’ Gourd Society
– Girl Scouts of VA Skyline Council
Handwoven Baskets by Temalle

Foodways                            Afternoon
Games                                 Afternoon

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Sustainable Farming

1740s American Farm                 
Shooting Demo’s               1:30, 3:00
2-person sawing                Afternoon
Wood Splitting                   Afternoon

1820s American Farm                 
Storytelling                       1:00 – 4:00
Music: String Band          1:30, 2:30, 3:30
History of VA BBQ           All Day

Tool Repairs at the Forge

1850s American Farm & Barn               
Square Dancing               1:30, 3:30
Kids Costumed Photos   3:30
Tableaux Vivants               2:30
Animals: Minor breeds   All Day

Early American Schoolhouse                 
Lessons                              1:00, 2:00
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Games                                1:30, 2:30
……………………………..  ……3:30, 4:30

Mount Tabor Church                  
Open                                 All Day


Please Thank Our Supporters!

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About the Frontier Culture Museum:  The Museum features outdoor exhibits of original and reconstructed buildings from England, Ireland, Germany, West Africa, and Virginia.  Historical interpreters provide hands-on learning and interactive education. Visitors will see activities such as cooking, gardening, woodworking, flax and wool spinning, rare-breed animals, schoolhouse lessons, and much more.