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Heritage Farm Museum and Village, Huntington

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.4/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web
Heritage Farm Museum and Village is an open-air living history museum in Huntington, West Virginia that focuses on Appalachian history and culture. Originally conceived as a location to house and display the private collection of A. Michael "Mike" and Henriella Perry, Heritage Farm has expanded into an entire Appalachian Frontier Village that was recently named West Virginia's first Smithsonian-affiliated museum.HistoryIn 1973, co-founders Mike and Henriella Perry decided to relocate from Huntington city proper to a farmhouse on the outskirts of town. Their interest was piqued by the old wooden logs they discovered beneath the walls of their house. Their efforts to understand the tools and techniques involved in building a cabin, coupled with their hobby of antiquing, led to the genesis of what would become Heritage Farm. Originally a private collection housed in a nearby barn, they soon began to accumulate authentic old structures and materials that they felt would convey an appreciation for everyday life in Appalachia from the 19th century to the present.Heritage Farm in its current sense began with the first "May Festival" on May 4, 1996. This event was the only day the village was open on an annual basis until 2006. It is currently a year-round public museum, open every day except Sundays and holidays.MuseumsHeritage Farm has seven main museum buildings:LodgingIn addition to museums, Heritage Farm rents buildings for visitors to lodge in. All the log cabins but one are constructed from 19th-century logs sourced from around West Virginia. Other lodgings of note include a 19th-century dairy barn reconstructed into a conference and retreat center, and an 1940s N&W Caboose with fold-out beds.
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  • I had wanted to go ever since I first heard the farm existed and finally made it for the storytelling by Bil Lepp. It is a recreation of an old town complete with working shopkeepers. We visited and g...  read more »
  • Hertiage Farm is so much fun and very interesting. My family and I really enjoyed our day at the farm. Our group consisted of my grandparents, mom, teenage brother and my husband.. my dad and sister d...  read more »
  • We were staying here and as part of that we got a tour. We learned quite a lot about the way of life as was and they have many antiques ad unusual items to look at in fact a very good collection indee...  read more »
  • A wonderful place for anyone to visit!
  • Beautiful place! Hidden gem of the community.
  • I have worked with the owners with everything from performing there, attending gatherings there, and staying on location. They are wonderful people, very sweet and helpful. I have never known a tour guide to be rude or unhelpful. Everyone who works there is interested in helping to preserve our history and educate everyone that attends anything there. With the trip!
  • I don't know how anyone could say the owners or guides we were rude! Heritage Farm is an awesome place to go and see. My husband and I were married there and the Mr. Perry (owner) went above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied and enjoyed the time we were there. My family and I still go to Heritage Farm and enjoy it very much! Great place, great people, just great all around.
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