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Heritage Events

Oxen Workshop - October 11 & 12, 2014

The growing interest in reducing reliance on oil is making farming and logging with animals an attractive option for small farms. Oxen are simpler and less expensive to maintain than a tractor or horses. A single ox, a team, or a working cow will provide many years of steady service.

This workshop is intended to start you on a new adventure and improve your teamster skills. With Andrew and Howard Van Ord as instructors, learn driving techniques, and yoke making and fitting.

This workshop will be held on Saturday, October 11, from 8:30am to 5pm, and Sunday, October 12, from 9am to 1pm.

Workshop fee is $85/teamster. Lunch is available each day @ $10/person.

Please click here to download and complete the Registration Form and submit with a check for the workshop & lunch fees to:

Matthews Living History Farm Museum, PO Box 356, Independence, VA  24348

or email completed form to: and pay using Paypal Buttons below.

Then, join us Sunday afternoon for a Devon meal and breeders meeting. We'll be discussing the rare breed bull sharing strategies.

Registration information:; 276-773-3080

Workshop & Stabling information:; 276-237-2605



Oxen Workshop

Workshop Lunch

Heritage Day: October 18, 2014

 A variety of demonstrators set up around the grounds, showing our visitors how their skills were used on the farm - many sell the items they are making. Visitors are invited to try their hand at several of the activities. Gardens are on display and Master Gardeners provide educational programming and materials for visitors to take home. Music is incorporated into the experience by live, local musicians. Food, drinks, bathrooms, and a shaded Pavilion are also provided.


Arts Council Quilt ShowSeptember 6, 2014 

The sight of colorful quilts flying through the pastures of the Farm Museum is an experience not soon forgotten.  Area quilters bring their finest efforts for display along with the stories that are part of the quilts. Visitors enjoy the stories and the results of hours of labor that the quilts represent. Prizes are given and many of the quilts are offered for sale. Vendors with fiber related products are available for shoppers as are a variety of fiber demonstrations and activities.  Music and food and other entertainment are available at this event as well.

Civil War Living History: Nov. 1 & 2, 2014 -This event will demonstrate life in a Civil War encampment, including period costumes and living quarters, parades, weapons demonstrations, drills, skirmishes, music and cooking. Visitors are welcome to actively learn by strolling through the camp, viewing military drills and demonstrations and engaging in conversations with the re-enactors.