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The Center for Pioneer Life

Preserving the legacy of the Southern Appalachian pioneer families who settled this region and experiencing how they lived. 

Our Mission is to share the lifeways of Southern Appalachian pioneer families through experiential education and community programming that inspires visitors to bring the resiliency and creative spirit of the pioneers into their own lives.

We offer four main types of specialized programming:

  • Field trips for local schools and homeschool groups, as well as other community groups

  • Hands-on workshops in traditional skills

  • Community conversations and guest lectures

  • Special seasonal events, such as our Fall Festival

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Upcoming Event

  • Spring Sow and Grow
    Spring Sow and Grow
    Sat, Mar 16
    Burnsville
    Mar 16, 2024, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Burnsville, 134 Joe Young Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
    Mar 16, 2024, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Burnsville, 134 Joe Young Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
    Admission: 18+: $5, Under 18: Free

Open Hours

Reading Room

Monday, Wednesday 1 to 4

 

Drop-In Tour

Wednesday 1 to 4

Schedule a Tour, Field Trip,
or Special Event

Get Involved 

Volunteer

Volunteers are absolutely essential to making the Center function.  We love and appreciate all our volunteers.  They are a passionate, knowledgeable, and FUN group of folks!  To learn more about volunteer opportunities:

Teach a Workshop

Join our little community of amazing workshop instructors!  We offer a variety of workshops throughout the year.  For more information about teaching at the Center:

The Center for Pioneer Life

134 Joe Young Road

Burnsville, North Carolina 28714

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