Pioneer Museum of Alabama
PioneerMuseum of Alabama

History

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 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!

 

WELCOME!

Operating Hours

OPEN:

Tuesday-Saturday

9am-5pm

(Gates locked at 5pm)

 

CLOSED:

Sunday & Monday

 

CLOSED HOLIDAYS:

Week of Thanksgiving, Week of Christmas, Week of  New Year's Day, Easter, July 4th Weekend

 

Pioneer Museum of Alabama
248 Highway 231 N
Troy, AL 36081

Phone: (334) 566-3597
Email: pioneer@troycable.net

 

ADMISSION:

  • Adults $10
  • Seniors $9
  • Students (age 6-college) $8
  • Children 5 and Under FREE

Military and AARP Discounts Available.

Current Happenings

Pioneer Days

October 7 & 8

Demonstrators: Blacksmithing, Woodworking, Coopering, Basket Weaving, Spinning, Weaving, Quilting, Smocking, Corn shuck doll making, Woodstove Cooking, Butter Churning, Smokehouse cooking and more!

Re-enactors: Davy Crockett, Wild West Show, Civil War, Spanish American War, French Indian War, and much more!

  • Students will take a step back in time into the pages of their history book!
  • Fantastic learning opportunity concentrating on Alabama history!

Additional Information:

  • Cost per student and chaperone is $10.00.
  • Admission is free for teachers and bus drivers.
  • Museum is offering to pay a portion of the cost for the school's bus mileage & bus driver's fee. Please call or email for more information.
  • Schools are welcome to bring lunches and eat on-site in our picnic area. We will also have food vendors on site for students who wish to purchase their lunch/ snacks here.
  • Lunch times will be on a scheduled rotation to accomodate mutiple groups.
  • Normal time spent at the event is 3 hours, but the museum is willing to work within the school's timetable.

For more information, please call 334-566-3597

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