Pioneer Museum of Alabama
PioneerMuseum of Alabama


Our Staff

Kari Freeman Barley

Executive Director   

Favorite "Museum-ism"

"Anything said by our older Volunteers; they have the BEST anecdotes and sayings. Their words of wisdom may often make you laugh but there's always hard truth/lesson learned behind every word." 

Favorite Historical Time Period/Culture

"Civil War. Definetly the Victorian South. I love Amish culture; I appreciate their lifeways so much. I've tried to convince my husband to give up all technology and move to Amish country. I'm still working on that!"

Who Knew? Hidden Talent/Ability

"I'm really great at the lucet. It's a cord making artform dating back to the Vikings. And I sew. I make all the costumes for our programs."

Seth Kinard

Assistant Director

Favorite "Museum-ism"

"I really like the variety of people that come in to the Museum; I get to interact with people from all over the world. Today I had a vistor perform a magic trick for me, and the first man I ever rang up was from England."

Favorite Historical Time Period/Culture

"The Guilded Age and the Progressive Era. I love anything to do with Theodore Roosevelt."

Who Knew? Hidden Talent/Ability

"I LOVE to cook! I enjoy trying new recipes and exploring different flavors."

Mike Harris

Facilities Manager

Favorite "Museum-ism"

"I love it when we have older visitors that have actually lived their life with our artifacts. There is always something to learn from them."

Favorite Historical Time Period/Culture

"I enjoy the Pioneer Period. There was so much more to the living styles and lifeways of the people."

Who Knew? Hidden Talent/Ability

I collect treasures from the past. I love anything from past decades!  

Shelby McVey


Favorite "Museum-ism"

"It can get a little spooky around here at night so you may want to put a few lights on. And the most important thing to remember: Don't let anything in - or out.....OUT?" - Night at the Museum

Favorite Historical Time Period/Culture

Civil War

Who Knew? Hidden Talent/Ability

"I enjoy a good prank. I am apparently really good at it, too."

Our Board of Directors

2014 PMOA Board of Directors

Jeff Kervin, Chairman

Dr. Mac Holmes, Vice- Chairman

Julia Farmer Scruggs, Secretary

Darren Hipps, Treasurer

Allen Jones, Legal Counsel

Dr. Eloise Kirk, Parliamentarian

Captain John Famer

Bob McLendon

Jerry Vinson

Virginia Sanders

Bob Whaley

Deborah Huggins Davis




Operating Hours




(Gates locked at 5pm)



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



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

Military and AARP Discounts Available.

Groupons do not apply for Pioneer Days, Ole Time Christmas, and Spring Plantin'.

Current Happenings

"Bonnets and Buckles"
Children's Program

Saturday, July 15th
Cost: $15

Thursday, July 20th
Cost: $35


This program offers a unique opportunity for children ages 6yrs-12yrs to experience life as a pioneer child. Registration is required. To register or for more information, please call the museum at 334-566-3597. Registration DEADLINE is June 28th.


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