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Welcome to Matthews Living History Farm Museum


2016 Events @ Matthews Farm Museum:


Thanks for your support throughout our 2016 events.

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Our Mission
    To preserve the cultural heritage of upper New River Valley circa 1900: artifacts, tools, equipment, methods and skills. Beyond this, our goal is to examine the successful adaptations early farm families made with respect to their social relationships and physical environment.
    The organizing principle is the LIVING HISTORY. Our goal is to remove the tools and equipment from the traditionally held spaces of walls and glass cases and put them to use for an experiential museum.
    We aspire to become a leading educational and research institution exploring the economic and social history of the Southern Appalachians.
Experience the history of place through:

  •     Workshops
  •     Heritage Day Events
  •     S.O.L. Based Field Trips
  •     Environmental Education
  •     Self-guided Tour