we work to help the Frontier Culture Museum preserve and share a rich cultural heritage.

We bring school children to the museum from all over Virginia and neighboring states to learn how our ancestors were drawn to the American colonies and how they contributed to the success of the colonies and what would become the United States.

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Families from all over the world come to the Frontier Culture Museum to see this important living history museum.

unique exhibits

The Museum is always expanding with new exhibits and programs. Donors to the American Frontier Culture Foundation make this possible!

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Our supporters are crucial to sustaining the traditional rural settlements from England, Germany, Ireland, West Africa, and the many early American pioneer life exhibits  at the Museum.

Our beginning

In conjunction with the celebration of American independence, in 1975 a group of ambitious individuals proposed the creation of an expansive outdoor museum that would interpret the contributions made by settlers from backcountry communities of England, Germany, Ireland, and West Africa that pioneered our Western frontier in the 1700s.

In 1978, the Virginia General Assembly authorized the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation to prepare a feasibility study for the land at the junction of I-64 and I-81 as the potential museum site.

The study concluded that the site was exceedingly well suited for what would be become the celebrated Frontier Culture Museum. To obtain the necessary capital funds, the American Frontier Culture Foundation was incorporated in 1982 as a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 organization to accept all private donations for the museum.

The Foundation raised funds to acquire, move and reassemble the historic buildings and acquire the artifacts and furnishings and interpret them.

Today, the Foundation continues to support current and new permanent and temporary exhibits, the acquisition and reconstruction of historic buildings, the reproduction of historic buildings and furnishings, and the preservation of historic buildings and artifacts at the Frontier Culture Museum.

The Foundation also provides the Museum with resources for illuminating teacher education programs, entertaining lectures, workshops, special programs and much needed school fieldtrips to the Museum.

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