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Scotch - Irish Farm
Frontier Culture Museum
1/2 mile west of exit 222 from I-81
1520 Richmond Avenue
Staunton, Virginia 24402
Voice: 540-332-7850

The Scotch-Irish, or Ulster, Farm came from Northern Ireland. After much strife in Northern Ireland during the 17th century many people immigrated to America in the 18th century. They played an important part in opening America's first western frontier in the valleys and foothills of the Appalachian mountain region. They took an active role in fighting the American Revolution and supported the new republic.

As you visit the Ulster farm, you will see the house and a 'pig craw' and hen house in front of the house. To the left is a long four-bay outbuilding which contains turf store, cart shed, horse stable, and cow byre. The buildings were constructed before 1830, but records have been lost to know its exact age. The most common crops that had been grown throughout Ulster were potatoes, oats, and flax. The flax was used to make linen. It was a time consuming process to turn the flax into cloth, but the linen was one of the farmers main products to sell. They grow the flax here and go through each step making it into linen as it was done in the 18th century.

KAT'S VIEW

In the Scotch-Irish farm they had an active cat named Feona running around. Cat's were an important part of a farm. The cat would catch and eat all the mice that were on the farm. Every farm would have had a cat, because the mouse trap wasn't invented yet. They also had a blacksmith working on this farm.



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