West Virginia’s surprising antique village opens for season May 4

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Log buildings collect along a gravel walk at the Heritage Farm Museum and Village near Huntington, West Virginia.
Log buildings line a gravel walk at the near Huntington, WV.

Heritage Farm Museum and Village, near Huntington, West Virginia, opens May 4 during its 23rd-annual Spring Festival, an ideal opportunity for families to explore the history of rural life in the Ohio Valley.

More than 15 hewn-log structures, seven award-winning museums, an artisan center, and five log-cabin inns will open for exploration, according to Rebekah Perry, a spokeswoman for the historical complex.

“All of our museum buildings will be open for touring, and residents artisans—including a potter, blacksmith, and woodworker—will be on site to demonstrate their crafts,” Perry said.

“Our period machines and implements will all be running, and live music will be performed throughout the day.”

Founded in 1973 by Mike and Henriella Perry, the complex began as a private collection of farm implements housed in a nearby barn and soon incorporated all manner of 19th-century structures and materials collection from rural areas nearby.

Children’s activities during the festival include wagon rides, a petting zoo, crafts center, and youth museum, offer plenty of entertainment for youth.

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This year’s festival will also provide guests the opportunity to play a game of cricket with professional cricketer Tom Melville. Prior to other team sports introduced to West Virginia before the Civil War, the old English game of cricket was brought to the state by British immigrants and continued to be played here well into the 19th century, Perry said.’

Being celebrated from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for children. Find out more at the .

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