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  • Writer's pictureInger and Jeff Latreille

Going Back in Time

~Sunday, May 30, 2021~

Day 350

Another dreary day with record cold temperatures according to the National Weather Service. Today’s high was in the low 50’s where the norm for this time of year should be 80. No t-shirts today folks.

Spent the afternoon at Frontier Culture Museum about 10 minutes from our campground. Their slogan states it perfectly….”where the past comes to life”. This 300-acre living history museum explains the story of the people that migrated from the Old World to America and how they established their lives in the Shenandoah Valley. Many of these early immigrants were farmers that came to this valley in pursuit of a better life. To see the entire museum, you really need 4 or 5 hours. Luckily we had a “chariot” (golf cart) around nearly every corner, to help us get from one section to another, so we could cram in as much as possible. The interpreters were first-rate, sharing their historical knowledge, all dressed in period costume. The Old World exhibits included a 1600’s English Farm, a 1700’s Irish Farm and a 1700’s German Farm.

These immigrants would soon become Americans contributing to the success of this great country of ours.

In addition there was an Eastern Woodland Indian exhibit, a 1760’s American Settlement, an 1820’s American Farm and an Early American Schoolhouse. All of the buildings were broken down and reconstructed on site. The Irish house, for example, was mostly constructed of brick, where over 200,000 bricks were numbered and reassembled. Quite an undertaking. Absolutely worth a visit!

Played a game of cornhole where I lost miserably in the first game. Just as I was getting hot on game #2, our neighbor from Virginia came over to ask who was winning and before you knew it, 2 hours had gone by. The only reason we didn’t talk longer is because we hadn’t had dinner yet. We didn’t start dinner until 9:30. We had a great time chatting about our travels, their raving views on living in Virginia their whole lives and hunting adventures. My sister would have made an exodus on the hunting portion. It was nice hearing the perspective from someone who’s been to many places, yet still wouldn’t move anywhere else in the world. They absolutely love, love Virginia. Though, he did say he wouldn’t mind a little sliver of land in Maui. Wouldn’t we all? Thanks for the validation about moving to Virginia! I guess we’ll be finishing that game #2 tomorrow where hopefully I’ll still have a little mojo left.

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