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 State University, contractor and founder/director of the Pike Pioneer Museum. His wife, Margaret Pace Farmer was a celebrated authoress and historian.
And so Mr. Farmer began collecting antique tractors, 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 on 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 of their own children!
We are proud to continue the legacy of the Farmers and all the original Museum supporters as we celebrate forty eight stellar years as a cultural institution!
Wednesday-Saturday 9am-5pm May 24, 2023 through September 6, 2023
September 7, 2023 to November 4, 2023
November 9, 2023 to March 9, 2024
Thanksgiving week Nov 20-25, Christmas and New Year weeks December 18-30
Pioneer Museum of Alabama
248 Highway 231 N
Troy, AL 36081
Phone: (334) 566-3597
Military Discount Available.
Discounts do not apply for Pioneer Days, Ole Time Christmas, and Thunder on the Three Notch.
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The main building of the museum is divided into several sections.
The entrance opens into the Gift Shop.
The West Wing houses collections including Lifestyles, Textiles, Sewing and Quilting.
The South Wing houses a Pioneer Kitchen, a Native American exhibit, a military exhibit featuring the Civil War, Spanish American War and World War One, a Printing exhibit, and farming exhibits.
The Agricultural and Transportation Wing houses exhibits including Blacksmithing, Logging, Construction, Cotton and Farming, and a collection of Carriages and Wagons.
The Main Street area features shops and businesses of downtown Troy, Alabama circa 1900. The magnificent Larry Godwin mural depicts the old Troy Depot and The Hotel Troy while highlighting the horse drawn wagon and railway travel of the era.