Step back in time at this farm museum and village which preserves and recreates our Appalachian heritage and culture. The ... More
Heritage Farm Museum & Village
Step back in time at this farm museum and village which preserves and recreates our Appalachian heritage and culture. The museum is comprised of more than 12 buildings, including four restored log cabins. A late 1800's log barn houses three floors of collections and display such as antique washing machines, farm implements, cooking, woodworking, spinning and weaving, etc. The village portrays community life with its display of antique cars, blacksmith shop, meeting house, steam engine and much more. Group meeting facilities also available. Guided tours by reservation.
We stayed 4 nights at the Heritage Farm. As we pulled in the drive, we were met by a fully antlered buck who wasn't the least perturbed by our arrival. The cabins are gorgeous, crafted from 150 year old timbers and decorated with antiques. It was a bit musty at first, but to be expected when considering you are completely surrounded by historic artifacts. After 5 minutes - you don't even notice it and my allergies were not affected. The accommodations are clean and very spacious. Though just two bedrooms, there were enough beds including the pull out sofa to sleep 12 -and this is one of the smaller cabins. Loved the fully equipped kitchen and laundry. Was able to cook my family dinner in the convection oven. The kids loved playing in the creek and spent hours catching crawdads and minnows. They also enjoyed the grounds and farm animals.
The museum itself was amazing. Even though the focus was on history the museum did a great job of impressing how human ingenuity has spawned amazing invention throughout a few short centuries. The tour guide was very gracious in relating to both my neurotypical daughter and autistic son. The museum has been featured on American Pickers and just has an amazing collection of artifacts from trains and planes to apple peelers and wash boards. They even have a simulated coal mine for children and adults alike.
There were also no modern distractions such as TV, however, we were able to tether our laptops to our cellphone to check work messages. Reception in the valley was excellent. We'll be back!
I got ripped off big time by this place. Our cabin had atleast 2 bees nest in it. After trying to call the owners for 6 hours. We finally found them at 10 PM. They wanted me to pay for a hotel. After long debate they let me into another cabin. So after a half nights rest. The informed me the BUG guy would be there around 11 am so I could not go back in for 5 or 6 hours. Neeedless to say I left. They refused to refund our $$$ and were pretty rude about it.
We booked the Strawberry Inn at the Heritage Farm Museum & Village in Huntington to celebrate the 4th of July. Although we arrived on July 3rd after-hours and they were to be closed the next day, the owners promptly greeted us at our cabin, made suggestions for dining and allowed us to take a self-guided tour of the village/museum grounds. Even though we weren't able to go inside any of the buildings, we saw lots of amazing things such as an antique school bus, the animals at their petting zoo, a one-room school house, etc. There is so much to see there, you could spend hours just roaming around and that's just what's to see on the outside of the buildings. The cabin we stayed in was gorgeous with all the modern-day amenities one needs for an overnight stay including a fully-equipped kitchen and laundry room. The linens were ample and plush! The atmosphere/decor of the cabin was warm and inviting with country/antique-inspired themes. The best part for our family was that there were no televisions or computers so we were forced to actually talk and interact with each other! An amazing accomplishment in today's world. I hope they never change that about their accomodations. The in-ground pool was just a short walk from our cabin and of a hotel quality. Our boys enjoyed it immensely! Heritage Farm Museum & Village in Huntington, West Virginia is on my list of vacation destinations I will definitely return to. What a special and memorable experience!
Everything closes at 3:30pm. After that there is nothing to do. No TV, no telephone, and no people. It was actually a bit frightening to be there without a phone and a cell phone that didn't receive reception due to the mountains. The cabin smelled musty; however, was clean. I don't think I would spend another $150 to spend the night The Inn would be used best if several families went together.