Traditional Woodworking Tours #3: Virginia's Frontier Culture Museum – 1740s Settlement

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Blog entry by WoodAndShop posted 05-14-2014 06:49 PM 2330 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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By Joshua Farnsworth (Writer at

My family and I recently visited one of my new favorite woodworking destinations: The Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia (see the above video). We planned to stay 2 hours, but stayed 6. I loved my visit and the historical tools and furniture so much that I went back a week later to interview the head furniture makers. So I’ll be sharing several upcoming videos & photos from my two visits. Some of them will focus just on the furniture.

The Frontier Culture Museum is unlike anything I’ve encountered. The organization has disassembled actual period farms from England, Ireland, Germany, Africa, and different parts of the United States, then reconstructed them on several hundred acres of lush Virginia farmland. Why? To educate Americans on how our American farms were influenced by immigrants from overseas. You can see the different farms here.

What I found particularly fascinating was the woodworking tools and furniture displayed at each of the 10 farms. The staff actually use the respective tools to construct furniture and tools (like the below shaving horse). It is a hands on “museum” so I just helped myself to all the amazing tool chests! The staff didn’t mind. They also didn’t mind that I constantly caressed their reproduction furniture either…although I got some strange looks.

This fellow (below) grew up in the big city but longed for a job that would give him a taste of a simpler time. He glowed as he showed me some of his woodworking projects, especially his mostly-completed shaving horse:

I felt so refreshed by my time on these farms!

I’ll be sharing a series of these workshops & tool chests, so make sure you subscribe to have my future articles delivered to your inbox.

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Bill White

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#1 posted 05-14-2014 07:28 PM

More! More!
Wanna see more.
Get my point? :)

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#2 posted 05-14-2014 08:24 PM

Alright, alright Bill…I’ll share more! :) I’ve got a lot of footage to share of this amazing place, and other traditional workshops. Have you subscribed to my blog posts or my YouTube channel? You won’t miss any then!

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#3 posted 05-15-2014 02:15 AM

Joshua, Thanks for the heads up. This sounds like a great trip for my daughter and I.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 05-15-2014 10:18 AM

Great Joshua, the Frontier Culture Museum is a wonderful look into the past. I’m lucky to live just a few miles from there.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#5 posted 05-15-2014 10:47 AM

My family and i was there in the late 70s, and i have wanted to go back, i see it has grown quite a bit. i will be looking forward to any future post. Thank you for bringing it to fellow LJs attention.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then force it to fit.

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#6 posted 05-15-2014 01:40 PM

Hey guys (Chris, Tim, & Lumberdog), I’m glad that you all enjoyed it! Feel free to subscribe to my blog (here) to be notified of the following segments.

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