This Thursday, October 21, over 500 home schoolers from throughout Virginia will travel to the central Shenandoah Valley for the Frontier Culture Museum's Home School Day in Staunton. Sponsored by the Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV), a statewide home school organization based in Richmond, this unique outdoor hands-on museum offers authentic buildings and reproductions of farms from England, Ireland, Germany, West Africa, and America.
The day-long field trip provides living history demonstrations showing the rural life and culture of Old World residents who became immigrants to America, traveling far from their homelands in search of a better life, bringing their unique skills with them, to become part of a new country.
Costumed interpreters invite young and old alike to explore the farms that include houses, barns, and animals such as sheep, goats, cows, chickens, and the pigs, Pork and Chop, who live on the Irish farm. They can see vegetable gardens being harvested at the end of the growing season, practice pioneer skills such as chinking mud between the logs of a frontier cabin, and take part in special activities set up especially for Home School Day.
The American farm exhibit, consisting of houses, barns, outbuildings, and a one-room school house, shows the life style of many colonists who lived in the colonial back country, how their lives changed over more than a century, and how life in the United States today is shaped by its frontier past. It is an amazing testament to the hard work and ingenuity of early Americans.
All home schoolers are invited to participate in this unique field trip. Join the fun of taking the classroom outside on a beautiful October day with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background and temperatures predicted to be in the 60s. Picnic tables are located on the grounds of this family-friendly museum.
If you would like to attend:
Location: Frontier Culture Museum, 1290 Richmond Road, Staunton, VA 24401
Date: Thursday, October 21
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Special rates for home school families are $5/student and $7/adult if purchased at the door; free for children 5 and under.
Info: (540) 332-7850