The Museum of Appalachia is an experience in living history. This authentic mountain village and farm lends voice to the colorful and interesting stories of the mountain folk of Southern Pioneer Appalachia using their own words and the artifacts they left behind; it is home to one of the most all-encompassing collection of Appalachian artifacts on display anywhere.
The Museum rests on 60 acres of pastoral, rolling fields encircled by hand-split cedar rail fencing. Free range livestock including sheep, chickens, peacocks, ducks and guineas roam the 11 acre village; and goats, mini-donkeys, and mini-horses inhabit neighboring fields.
The Hall of Fame accommodates a wide range of displays devoted to celebrating notable, historic, famous, interesting, colorful, and distinctive individuals from the region. It contains a comprehensive Native-American collection, a special collection of interesting musical instruments, an exhibit of delicate, hand-woven white oak baskets, handcrafted quilts, and a selection of exhibits spotlighting the unusual accomplishments of the Appalachian People.
The Display Barn houses one of the nation’s largest collections of frontier and pioneer relics; illustrating the craftsmanship and ingenuity of the Appalachian people. Exhibits showcase the work of crafters, weavers, and gunsmiths, with collections of artifacts such as rustic pioneer traps, rudimentary tools, a coopering display, and farming implements that were necessities for everyday life in old Appalachia. Experience their creativity with an exhibit of exceptional folk art. View their productivity through the intact country store. A visit to the Display Barn delivers the sense of the industrious spirit of the Pioneer mountain people.
The Pioneer Village is comprised of more than 30 historical log structures that represent daily life in rural Appalachia. Each of these structures was moved from within a 200 mile radius, and painstakingly reconstructed on the Museum grounds. Cabins are fully furnished and appear as though the family has just left to cultivate their fields, or perhaps to attend a Sunday Meeting at Irwin Chapel. Feel their life as you wander through the Homestead, blacksmith shop, log church, old schoolhouse, broom and rope shop, McClung House, dirt floor cabin or the historic Mark Twain family home. Stroll through the village and imagine yourself there, in Old Appalachia, splitting firewood, tending livestock, mending a quilt, or simply “sitting a spell” on the porch.
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