NEXT MAJOR EVENT AT THE MUSEUM IS: Ole Time Christmas, December 13th and 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
In 1971, the Pike Pioneer Museum opened its doors to the public under the leadership of founder, Curren A. Farmer. Hundreds of area citizens came together to support the effort of this non-profit organization to preserve the image of a lifestyle that was rapidly disappearing. Over four decades later, the museum has prospered from a single building to numerous historical structures with an expansive collection of artifacts.
A walk around the main building will find an 1800s steam locomotive, copper turpentine still, sugar cane processing mill, horse-drawn jail, and NASA moon tree. A gristmill sits adjacent to the chicken coop and an outhouse. A one-room school house welcomes students of all ages. The covered bridge and a rustic church host newly married couples.
As our collection evolved, so did our scope of interpretation. And soon our new name echoed our growth as Pioneer Museum of Alabama.
Today, we can look back at the lives of these ordinary people... the settlers and indigenous people, to see how they lived and see how they shaped the future for those who came later.
The main building of the museum is divided into several sections so make sure you don't miss anything.
As you come through the main entrance into the Foyer and Gift Shop on your right is the West Wing devoted to Living styles, Textiles, Sewing and Quilting.
When you leave the West Wing in the rear of the museum is the South Wing with a Pioneer Kitchen, Native American Life exhibit, Civil War information, World War One Artifacts, Printing, Framing and Drying areas.
Next you enter the Agricultural Wing where cotton was king and Farming, Logging, Blacksmithing, and Construction techniques are on display. We also have a collection of Carriages and Wagons here.
As you reenter the Foyer area turn left and visit the shops of downtownTroy, Alabama circa 1900. The magnificant Larry Godwin mural, features the old Troy Depot and The Hotel Troy while highlighting horse drawn wagon and railway travel of the era.
Please stop and visit our Gift Shop as you exit old downtown Troy. It features books on Pike County History as well as railroad collectables and postcards featuring the Museum.
Take a step back in time and experience living history at its best! Watch demonstrations such as woodworking, blacksmithing, dutch oven cooking, and see rope making shown below. Come meet Davy Crocket and other historical re-enactors and many more fun activities.
The Pioneer Museum of Alabama is a non-profit organizaiton that thrives off the generous donations and gifts from its members.
We always welcome new members to join our efforts in keeping the Pioneer Museum alive with all the perks of being a museum member.
The Pioneer Museum of Alabama interprets prehistoric Alabama as well as 18th and 19th century rural life. Over twenty-two historic structures and eighteen thousand artifacts illustrate this rich, rustic heritage. Four thematic exhibition halls within our Main Gallery display historic farm equipment, textile arts such as quilting and weaving, material culture of pioneer Alabama, the archaeology of Southeastern Native Americans, militaria including Civil War and WWI, and Victorian Era Troy.
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