Ulster-American Folk Park : Michelin's recommendations
The park is based around emigration in the 18 and 19C to America of around 250,000 Scots from Ulster called "Irish Scots" in the US. The generous assistance of the Mellon family of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, helped build this park around the ancestral cottage that Thomas Mellon left aged five in 1818 with his family. The exhibition shows the links between Ulster and America. Here, you can see a Conestoga wagon, a sort of covered carriage pulled by four or six horses, that the Pioneers used in the Far West. The Emigration gallery details the reasons why people emigrated, who they were, how they travelled, their successes or failures in the New World. In the Old World section, a typical village from 18C Ulster, with period houses, has been reconstructed around the house of the Mellon family. The boat and dock gallery houses a replica of a part of an emigrant's boat; the journey could last from 20 days to 12 weeks. The New World section shows the style of life adopted by the emigrants when they arrived.
- Address : A5 GB - Mountjoy BT78BT78Mountjoy
- Phone : (028)82243292
- Website : http://www.folkpark.com
- Prices : free of charge