The mission of Heritage Farm Museum & Village is to be a source of hope and renewal for the Appalachian region. Home to over 15 log structures, including event space for over 500 people, 5 log cabin inns with modern amenities, a Barn Retreat Center wired with today’s technology, seven award-winning museums, Artisan Center, multiple attractions, and themed Way Back Weekends, Heritage Farm continues to delight guests from around the globe as it has for over 20 years.
By experiencing early pioneer life through our exhibits, interactive folk crafts, watching artisans at work using traditional methods, and a variety of year-round events celebrating Appalachia's cultural heritage, we hope to instill an appreciation of the past in our visitors to create an emboldened, vibrant future.
HERITAGE FARM MUSEUM & VILLAGE FAQ
What is Heritage Farm?
Heritage Farm Museum and Village is a series of museums and buildings that evoke 19th century Appalachia and educate about the social life of settlers in the region from the earliest settlers to the present. While many of the logs and structures date from the 19th and early 20th centuries, Heritage Farm also hopes to teach an appreciation of the present to enable us to envision a brighter future.
What is “Appalachia?”
Appalachia is a cultural region that roughly follows the path of the Appalachian Mountains which stretch from portions of Maine down to Georgia. West Virginia, notably, is the only state fully enveloped in the region of “Appalachia” as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission. Our museum represents the Ohio-River Valley portion where the vast majority of logs and items on display were collected.
How did you get here?
In 1973, co-founders Mike and Henriella Perry decided to relocate from the city of Huntington, West Virginia to a farmhouse on the outskirts of town. It was here they discovered the seed that would birth a dream in the old, hand-hewn logs hidden behind the farmhouse walls. Efforts to understand the tools and techniques involved in building a log cabin, coupled with their hobby of antiquing, led to the genesis of what would become Heritage Farm Museum & Village. Originally a private collection housed in a nearby barn, they soon began to accumulate authentic period structures and materials that they felt would convey an appreciation for everyday life in Appalachia from the 19th century to the present. Heritage Farm began with the first "Spring Festival" on May 4, 1996. This yearly event was the only day the village was open to the general public until 2006. Since then, The Farm has added a petting zoo, working saw mill, and Artisan Center, housing the Heritage Farm Artisan Guild. Heritage Farm Museum and Village has won many awards over the years, most notably recognized as a National Geographic Traveler Prime Destination, Daughters of the American Revolution Medal for Historic Preservation, and selected as the site for two History Channel features, “America’s Greatest Feud” Hatfield McCoy Documentary and “American Pickers”. Today, the Farm's collection includes more than 25,000 square feet of Appalachian artifacts in seven museums, dedicated to Progress, Industry, Transportation, Children’s Activity, Bowe’s Doll & Carriage, Country Store, and Heritage Museum. Recently named West Virginia's first Smithsonian Affiliate Institution, the property is also home to more than 30 structures, including 2 reception halls for up to 300 people, 5 Log Cabin Inns, a Barn Retreat Center that sleeps 40 people, wired with today’s technology, and overnight train-caboose accommodations. Artisans and re-enactors bring Appalachian history to life during special Way Back Weekends Saturdays in May through December, when thousands of people from around the world learn from the past, appreciate today, and dream for the future. With over 500 acres, 5 miles of hiking trails, artisan workshops, and new attractions on the horizon, Heritage Farm Museum and Village is proudly positioned to serve Appalachia for many years to come.
Where did the log buildings/antiques come from?
Our co-founders, Mike and Henriella Perry, collected them from the tri-state region of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. It began as a private collection and has transitioned into a nonprofit organization that is open to the public.
How do I get there?
From I-64: 1. Take Exit 8 (5th Street East) of Huntington, WV. 2. Follow signs to on-ramp of I-64 West/Johnstown Road. 3. Turn right onto Johnstown Road from the I-64 West on-ramp. 4. Follow Johnstown Road about a mile until you come to a stop sign. 5. At the sign, turn left and go across the bridge onto Harvey Road. 6. Follow Harvey Road 1.7 miles to the marked entrance to Heritage Farm Museum and Village. IMPORTANT NOTE: Do NOT heed any GPS device that directs you to the farm from German Ridge Road. Please approach the farm only from I-64 or 14th Street West in Huntington.