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 the collection evolved, so did the scope of interpretation. And soon the 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.