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Buildings at our Outdoor Museum tell the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  They provide visitors with a "living history" experience.  Costumed demonstrators go about their everyday tasks in the traditional manner, in authentically furnished Old and New World buildings.



Ulster Buildings Ulster Buildings
The Ulster American Folk Park is home to a wide variety historic buildings from throughout Ulster. They include a simple cabin whose origins pre-date the Great Famine;  an 18th century Mass House; a National School from 1845; and, the historically significant Mellon House, childhood home of ...
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Ulster Street Shops Ulster Street Shops
Old shopfronts, and the contents of shops themselves, give a fascinating glimpse into what people bought, where they were employed, how businesses were run and who was who in society.  These beautifully restored shopfronts, from locations throughout Ulster, recreate the commercial and social...
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Ship and Dockside Gallery Ship and Dockside Gallery
The Dockside Gallery is where the journey to America begins. Here you can imagine what it must have been like for Irish immigrants as they boarded the ship to the New World.The life size scaled ship gives a grim interpretation of the conditions aboard the ship.
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American Street American Street
After spending up to twelve weeks crammed in the "tween decks" of the emigrant ship such as the brig Union, emigrants would have finally found themselves at one of America's busy ports. The American street recreated at the Ulster American Folk Park is typical of what the emigrants would...
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American Buildings American Buildings
Many of the Ulster folk who emigrated to America in the 17th and 18th centuries brought building skills and ideas with them from Ireland.  They also adapted their ideas to meet the demands of their new environments and to utilise the building resources at hand.  These influences and ada...
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