Greg, I am hoping you only went there on a bum day.....
I agree with you on the plastic cows. They also had a repro dress in a case in one of the houses. It had a machine top stitched hem. If they knew it was going on display like that someone should have hand done the hem at least (and all the other aspects that show.) I can see for time and money machine stitching what can't be seen, but OSV predates the home sewing machine being in the average village home. By the 1860's the dang things were $25 on the installment plan! That was a lot of money!
I saw some items on display that I knew were not 1830's like some fabric in a sample sewing box. I mean these people sell OSV prints in their gift shop so why was there a 1930's calico even in that museum. I did find the clothing displays of the originals and the glass ware very good.
The reenactors were spot on the day I went and were able to answer all of my prying questions as I was trying to build a back story for my Civil War persona. I should have been a girl around the time of OSV so I have better be familar with the objects in the house and how to store butter properly. The herb gardener was very good and told me more than I will ever remember. I did bring a book and took notes, but..... They were dying yarn. It was nice to see what was used to produce specific colors.
When we were in the mercantile the sheep ran thru the town! It was a riot! they also did an paper balloon flying demo.
but after all that I don't know how to milk a plastic cow... sorry, guess that means I am too much of a city girl