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Humpback Rocks Farm Museum

Mile marker 5 at the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway
Hours vary seasonally, usually 9-5 on summer weekends
540-943-4716 1.5 hours
July 2012 Summer, Fall, Spring
$0-9 Afton Virginia
Website Historical Historic Sites
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The Humpback Rocks Farm Museum consists of a small museum/visitor center and a collection of farm buildings assembled in this area as a demonstration farmstead at the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The site also has an assortment of tools and equipment that would have been present on a small farm in the area from the 1800s through the early 1900s. While the grounds can be visited anytime, the farm museum is staffed and the buildings generally are open from late May through late October.

The museum/visitor center is modest and has a few displays about life in Appalachia prior to the parkway’s establishment, including the people, tools and lifestyles. There also is a gift shop. The parkway brought older buildings here and arranged them to represent a simple nineteenth century farm. There is a furnished basic cabin with beds, tables, cooking utensils etc… Other buildings include a barn, chicken coop, ice house and sheds. Chickens stroll around the property.

A visit is significantly enhanced when the farm is staffed and buildings are open. It’s interesting to interact with staff or volunteers as they demonstrate quilt making, open hearth cooking, candle making and the like. Typically at least one or two parkway employees are on hand during the week but volunteers in period attire often attend on weekends to help out. These demonstrations of farm life and tool use are particularly well suited for kids. They were entertained, educated and highly engaged. If you have kids and are considering a visit, aim for a weekend when the farm is better staffed. The farm museum is a great way to experience a bygone era of Blue Ridge life. A visit here was relaxing, informative and provided a useful overview to the recent history of this region.
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