Ulster American Folk Park unveils original 1827 American frontier building in major expansion

By Culture24 Staff | 14 June 2010
a photo of a woman in period dress in front of an old wooden house with a porch

(Above) A member of staff at the Ulster American Folk Park outside the new frontier house

Ulster American Folk Park, in Omagh, has unveiled the first phase of a £2.4m expansion with the acquisition of the McCallister house, an original frontier log house first built by Ulster immigrant Richard McCallister in Cabell County, West Virginia, in 1827.

The original building, revealed last week at the outdoor living history park, is the first in a series of Ulster settler buildings from the early American frontier, which will are expected to be the finest in the world once they are collected and completed.

"The Ulster American Folk Park is a wonderful exploration of Ulster's own rich history, as well as the role Ulster emigrants played in shaping American life and culture," said Dr Phil Mowat, Head of Emigration for National Museums Northern Ireland.

"The McCallister House is typical of those built by many Ulster emigrants. The human story of the McCallister family is also fascinating, and this exhibit will create even more for visitors to see and do at the museum."

An additional 30 acres of land at the museum, which tells the story of emigration from Ulster to America during three centuries, is currently being transformed into a series of American settler landscapes representing the ever-advancing 18th and 19th century American frontier.

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