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The Frontier Culture Museum is the kind of museum that believes pictures speak louder than word. It consists of seven different farm sites, with four of them featuring the Old World while the other three represent different time periods and communities of the Shenandoah Valley. To enumerate, there?s the 1850?s schoolhouse and an 1850?s farm, American farmhouses typical in the 1740?s and 1820?s, an Irish and German farmhouses in the 1700?s, an English farmhouse in the 1600?s, a 1700?s forge, and last but not the least, a West African farmhouse.

The schoolhouse exhibit is one of the most fascinating replicas in the museum and patterned after the Schuler School in Rockingham County. Whereas traditions suggest that the school may have been built in 1796, historical data shows that it?s more likely the school was built in 1840.

The 1700?s forge on the site is just as interesting. In the early days, blacksmiths were considered one of the most important occupations. The museum?s forge used to be located in Ulster, a province in Northern Ireland.
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