Enhanced Living Tours

Spring 2015 | Admission: $6.00 per person

Call Joan Yates, Education Director, at 276-988-6755 to schedule a tour or email

Every tour includes a trip through the museum grounds, the Pioneer Park, and the Lucie Greever Gallery,
which explores the history of Southwest Virginia through the early 20th century.

Pioneer Living

Pioneer life was a combination of hard work and adventure!  Early setters worked with hand tools and cooked over open fires.  This tour provides a glimpse of the everyday life on the western frontier of Southwest Virginia.  Hands-on activities may include bartering, butter making, spinning and wool carding, pioneer laundry, pioneer games, hearth cooking or dancing the Virginia Reel.

Native American Life

Explore the Woodland Indian period, when Native Americans inhabited the Pisgah site in Tazewell County.  Discover the various customs and traditions of Native Americans, including how they made fire, arrowheads, wigwams, tools, and clothing.  Hear a Native American story, participate in a Native American game, and enjoy the hands-on activities in the life size replica of a wigwam.

One-Day-Only Tours

Civil War Education Day – Friday, May 15, 2015

Smell the powder and see the smoke as uniformed re-enactors demonstrate the life of a soldier.  Demonstrations will include the black  powder, bullet molding, soldiers’ uniforms, camp life, music, blacksmithing, food, and learning soldiers’ drills.  Students will relive the hardships of life on the home front as they learn more about making do or doing without.

Rendezvous Education Day – Friday, May 22, 2015

Re-enactors will portray the fur trade and trapping era that opened up the American West.  Experience the camp life in the Pioneer Park featuring period demonstrations with costumed interpreters.