Enhanced Living Tours

Spring 2018

$8 per student
$5 per parent
Teachers & Bus Drivers are Free


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.

Interactive 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 and biscuit 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.

Pioneer Christmas  (Available December 5 – 15, 2017)

In the mid 1800s, Christmas was a time for family and friends, feasting, music, decorating with greenery, and dancing.  In this tour, children gather around the kitchen fire to hear a Christmas story and sample cookies, make a craft, dance the Virginia Reel, and sing carols to prepare for the holiday in pioneer fashion.

One-Day-Only Tours

Civil War Living History Day – Friday, April 20, 2018

Smell the powder and see the smoke as uniformed re-enactors demonstrate the life of a soldier.  Students will be given an opportunity for an interactive learning experience as they participate in military drill practices, hear about weapons, uniforms, flags, life on the home front, and soldiers’ camp and battlefield life.  Costumed demonstrators will present cavalry maneuvers and re-enact a battlefield skirmish.

Life on the Frontier Living History Day – Friday, May 25, 2018

Re-enactors will portray the fur trade and trapping era that opened up the American West.  Students experience first hand how our pioneer and Native American ancestors lived as they participate in hand-on skills such as shooting a bow, black powder demonstrations, rolling cartridges, singing songs, churning butter, hide tanning, fire making, games, wood work, and cooking over an open fire.