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FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM                540-332-7850  Voice
540-332-9212  TTY             
1250 Richmond Road, P. O. Box 810, Staunton, VA  24402

DIRECTIONS: I-81 Exit 222 to Rte 250 West, entrance 1/2 mi on left.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Telling the story of early immigrants and their American descendants, the Museum has moved or reproduced examples of traditional rural buildings from England, Germany, Ireland, West Africa, and America. With a combination of  interpretive signage and living history demonstrations, outdoor exhibits give visitors a chance to experience rural life and culture in four homelands of early migrants to the American colonies.

The Old World exhibits have a 1600s English Farm, a 1700s West African Farm, a 1700s Irish Farm and forge, and a 1700s German Farm.

The American exhibits have a 1700s Native American village and log homes, school, and church showing the life these colonists and their descendants created in the colonial back-country, how this life changed over more than a century, and how life in the United States  today is shaped by its frontier past.

See the rare and minor breed animals, walk through authentic gardens, help harvest period crops, watch a blacksmith at work, and visit with the farm interpreters to share a lesson of courage, heritage and determination.

PARKING:  6 wheelchair accessible parking spaces.

TYPES OF PATHS:  Concrete, asphalt, fine sandy gravel trails do have steep grades requiring assistance for persons in wheelchairs.

ENTRANCE:  At building 50 yds from parking lot.  Entry doors, 34 in. wide, open in with pull handle located 44 in. above floor.  Exit doors, 34 in. wide, open out, with push handle 44 in. above floor.

PUBLIC REST ROOMS:  Beside entrance and 1/2 way along trail.    Doors 34 in. wide, open out.  Turns to enter.  Accessible stalls have 36 in. wide doors opening in, and handrails.  19 in. toilet seat height, and 12-24 in. between commode and wall.  Sink height 36 in.  Pipes wrapped. 

ELEVATOR:  In educational and research center-limited public access for library and lecture hall.

For guests with hearing disabilities, there are tours in American Sign Language, for groups only, with advance reservations.  Captioned orientation video used. 

For guests with visual disabilities, there are hands-on exhibits such as weaving, gardening, cooking, etc., and signs with contrasting background. 

For guests with mobility disabilities, who can not go up stairs in  farmhouses, the museum has photo albums of the 2nd story available.  Free admission for person assisting guest in wheelchair.  3 motorized scooters available free of charge. 

GIFT SHOP:  Aisles 36-38 in. wide.  Counters 50 in. high.  Clerks assist customers with special needs.  Aisles usually clear of temporary displays.

STAFF TRAINING:  Museum staff trained annually to serve guests with mobility, visual or hearing impairments by various agency staff with disabilities.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Accepted credit cards MC, DS, AE and V.  Admission fee.   Open 9-5 daily.  Winter Hours: 10-4 Dec 1-Mar 15.  Allow 3 hours for a self-guided walking tour.  Call for  information for visitors with disabilities.  Pets prohibited, but assistance animals are welcome.


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