The year is 1800. A thirty-mile trip takes a day or more. John Adams is President, but most people in the Blue Ridge have never seen or heard him. “No phone, no lights, no motorcars” is real life for everyone.

Experience early rural life in the Blue Ridge at the BRI’s Blue Ridge Farm Museum, a re-created Virginia-German farmstead. Costumed interpreters prepare meals over the open hearth, drive oxen, blacksmith, and carry out a host of other household and farm chores of the period. In the gardens and around the log farm buildings heirloom vegetables and historic breeds of livestock speak to the region's agricultural heritage.

The Blue Ridge Farm Museum offers a variety of enriching tours and programs, including “day on the farm” hands-on activities with visitors working in 1800 costumes.

The Blue Ridge Farm Museum is open to walk-in visitors Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 1 to 5 p.m., mid-May through mid-August. Group tours are available by reservation any day April through October. Admission is charged. Hands-on programs and lectures are available by special reservation; call for details and prices.

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