We went on a trip to Pipestem Resort Park, West Virginia a few weeks ago and since our toddler is not much of car napper so we wanted to break the trip up as much as possible. We decided to stop at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton to picnic and to walk around.
A little about what Frontier Culture Museum is
The Frontier Culture Museum tells the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America, and of the life they created here for themselves and their descendants. These first pioneers came to America during the 1600s and 1700s from communities in the hinterlands of England, Germany, Ireland, and West Africa. Many were farmers and rural craftsmen set in motion by changing conditions in their homelands, and drawn to the American colonies by opportunities for a better life. Others came as unwilling captives to work on farms and plantations. Regardless of how they arrived, all became Americans, and all contributed to the success of the colonies, and of the United States.
It was a great tie into our Farm Theme we has just finished up! We saw goats, sheep, a turkey, ducks, turtles, and chickens (and even got to pet a baby chicken!). We spend about 2 hours, including lunch there. I think that was our limit with a Toddler but I would think you could easily spend up to three there.
Tips when visiting:
- Take water, it is not very shaded.
- Bring snacks for the toddler.
- There picnic tables outside in the parking lot and we saw some in the Museum (I think near the Forge.)
- Do ride the shuttles- it is a bigger place than it looks on the map.
- BUY the fudge from the gift shop- it is very very very good!
Below are some pictures from our visit, along with some portrait attempts of my son while we were there.