This unique collection of pioneer buildings and artifacts was amassed over a half a century by John Rice Irwin.
He traveled the back roads, collecting untold thousands of everyday items from the colorful and interesting mountain folk of
The Museum tells the stories of these folk in their own words and through the artifacts they left behind. Cabins appear as
though the family has just left to work in the fields, or go to Sunday meeting.
Stroll through the village and imagine yourself back in Old Appalachia...cutting firewood...tending livestock... mending a quilt...
or simply rocking on the porch, enjoying the pastoral views.
The Museum of Appalachia will be open regular hours (9-5pm) with the exception of
Christmas Eve and Christmas. We hope you enjoy many blessings during this Christmas season.
Please bring family and friends to tour the Museum, shop the Gift Shop and have lunch in front of the fireplace!
Hours for December 24 ~ January 1
Tuesday, December 24, 9am-3pm
Christmas Day Closed
December 26 through December 31, 9am-5pm
Open New Years Day, 9am-5pm