Ulster - American Folk Park

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The famous jaunting car

The Ulster American Folk Park is an open-air museum in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland a few miles north of Omagh. The museum tells the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the 18th & 19th centuries and provides visitors with a "living history" experience on its outdoor site. Costumed demonstrators go about their everyday tasks in the traditional manner in authentically furnished Old and New World buildings.

The Ship and Dockside Gallery features a full-size reconstruction of an early 19th century sailing ship of the type which carried thousands of emigrants across the Atlantic and a major indoor exhibition "Emigrants" complements the outdoor site. The Centre for Migration Studies can assist those who wish to find out more about emigration history and the way of life of emigrants and settlers.

I’ve been there a few times with youth groups and their Halloween "Ireland and North America was great fun and just a teeny bit scary. The actors and re-enactors do a good job and effort is made to draw meaningful parallels between North America and its Irish roots " Ulster Scots as well as the more familiar Irish Catholic story. I’ve attached a few shots of the last visitor group our community project brought there.

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The famous jaunting car
The famous jaunting car
Oh yes and half-a-pound of tea!
Oh yes and half-a-pound of tea!
I spy with my little eye....
I spy with my little eye....
A fine Ulster Scots farmstead
A fine Ulster Scots farmstead
A replica Irish cottage
A replica Irish cottage
Spinning a few yarns
Spinning a few yarns
Horse and Human, each in their spa…
Horse and Human, each in their sp…
Just like my front room!
Just like my front room!
Arent I just so handsome
Aren't I just so handsome
Tethered to the nuay
Tethered to the nuay
All aboard... bound for the new wo…
All aboard... bound for the new w…
Below decks on the crossing
Below decks on the 'crossing'
A New England landscape
A 'New England' landscape
A Protestant Church
A Protestant Church
Just five minutes of shut eye...
Just five minutes of shut eye...
Davy admiring his ancestors handi…
Davy admiring his ancestor's hand…
A kitchen to-die-for a la 1875
A kitchen 'to-die-for' a la 1875
Shingle roofed log cabin
Shingle roofed log cabin
A upright weaving loom
A upright weaving loom
Maybe a surrey? Definately not a j…
Maybe a surrey? Definately not a …
MMM where did I put my car keys...
MMM where did I put my car keys...
Boston sitting room 1880s
Boston sitting room 1880s
The Post Office
The Post Office
Davy with an American cousin
Davy with an American 'cousin'
Rosemary and her new American fr…
Rosemary and her new 'American' f…
Some of the Donegal Community Group
Some of the Donegal Community Group
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