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 Virginia 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 have 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!
November - February
Sunday & Monday
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
Military and AARP Discounts Available.
Groupons and discounts do not apply for Pioneer Days, Homegrown, Ole Time Christmas, and Spring Plantin'.
"Homegrown Cornbread Festival"
November 18th, 2017
9 AM - 4 PM
$10 per person
Children 10 and under free
There will be an arts and crafts show, a pageant, horse-drawn wagon rides, cornbread tasting to benefit local non-profits, and much more!
The portion that we are really excited about is the Cornbread Competition!
There will be a preliminary round with many contestants that are narrowed down to three. Then in the final round, three contestants will have one hour to complete their homemade cornbread recipe in front of a live audience then present it to the judges.
Members are FREE! Groupons do not apply.