Blue Ridge Farm Museum
The year is 1800. A thirty-mile trip takes a day or more. John Adams is President, but most folks in the Blue Ridge have never seen or heard him speak. There’s always water to carry, food to process, and wood to chop.
Immerse your senses in 1800 rural Blue Ridge life at the BRI&M’s Blue Ridge Farm Museum, a re-created Virginia-German farmstead. Join our costumed interpreters in a host of household and farm chores, including preparing meals over the open hearth, driving oxen, blacksmithing, and tending heirloom gardens and historic breeds of animals.
For reserved groups, a variety of enriching tours and programs are available , including:
- The 1800 Farm Life Tour – Explore the folk skills German and German-American settlers needed to create a successful farm and home life in the Blue Ridge “backcountry” at the turn of the nineteenth century. (Approximately 1.5 hours.)
- The Jack Tales Tour – Combine the Farm Life Tour with a performance of Appalachian tales about the clever “Jack” of beanstalk fame. (Approximately 2.5 hours.)
- The Cornbread Tour – Combine your Farm Life Tour with a hands-on session of butter churning and baking on the open hearth. (Small groups only. Approximately 2 hours.)
- A Day on the Farm – The ultimate 1800 experience! Dress in the museum’s period costumes and spend the day open-hearth cooking, animal driving, gardening, and more. (Small groups only. Approximately 4 hours.)
- Homeschool Day Camps – Hands-on museum experiences specifically for homeschoolers. Follow us on Facebook for dates and other information.
- BRI&M Workshops – The menu changes from year to year, but we’ve done everything from herb lore to oxen raising. Follow us on Facebook for dates and other information.
Group tours are available by reservation any day April through November.
Other hands-on programs and lectures are available year-round by special reservation; call for details and prices.
The Farm Museum is open to non-reserved walk-in visitors Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 1 to 5 p.m., mid-May through mid-August. Admission is charged.