Founders, Curren and Margaret Farmer
The Pike Pioneer Museum was established in 1969 and opened its doors in 1971 through the dedication, leadership, and inspiration of Curren Farmer, a native of Viginia but a resident of Troy, AL since childhood. Curren Farmer had three careers: a teacher at Troy University, contractor and founder/director of the Pike Pioneer Museum. His wife, Margaret Pace Farmer was a celebrated authoress and historian.
There's a beloved story that describes the origins of Museum:
Mr. Farmer conceived the idea of the Museum one day while driving along a stretch of road. In a large field he saw some old farming equipment, rusted from years of exposure from the elements and neglect. He noted, "Someone should save those." His motivation to steward such rural life and agri-heritage was born.
And so Mr. Farmer began collecting antique tractors and plows and farming implements. He motivated the community to donate land and artifacts for building a museum that would house an impressive, growing collection. The Billy Gibson Family generously donated the property for which the Museum currently stands. In 1972 Mr. Farmer facilitated our first log cabin being moved to the grounds. For over twenty years, Mr. Farmer served as Director and Tour Guide while Mrs. Farmer worked behind the scenes in the office to ensure smooth operations. Although both passed, they are magnanimously missed by this Museum family.
From these modest beginnings, we have grown into the Pioneer Museum of Alabama. Hundreds of thousands of visitors have walked these grounds and toured our galleries, many of those school children who in turn visit us again as field trip moms and dads for their own children!
We are proud to continue the legacy of the Farmers and all the original Museum supporters as we celebrate forty two stellar years as a cultural institution!