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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

  • History Happy Hour: Convict Leasing with Hannah Presnell
    History Happy Hour: Convict Leasing with Hannah Presnell
    Tue, Aug 06
    Burnsville
    Aug 06, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Burnsville, 134 Joe Young Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
    Aug 06, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Burnsville, 134 Joe Young Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
  • Gathering Basket Workshop with Bridget VanRemortel
    Gathering Basket Workshop with Bridget VanRemortel
    Thu, Aug 08
    Burnsville
    Aug 08, 2024, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Burnsville, 134 Joe Young Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
    Aug 08, 2024, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Burnsville, 134 Joe Young Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
  • Embroidering Local Floral with Hadasah Jessica Michaels
    Embroidering Local Floral with Hadasah Jessica Michaels
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Aug 21
    Burnsville
    Aug 21, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Burnsville, 134 Joe Young Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
    Aug 21, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Burnsville, 134 Joe Young Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
    The workshops will be held the 3rd Wednesday of every month, June - September.
  • Firearms Through History featuring Annie Oakley
    Firearms Through History featuring Annie Oakley
    Sat, Aug 24
    Burnsville
    Aug 24, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Burnsville, 134 Joe Young Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
    Aug 24, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Burnsville, 134 Joe Young Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
    Historic Firearms of the 18th and 19th Century
  • History Happy Hour: Elaine Dellinger
    History Happy Hour: Elaine Dellinger
    Tue, Sep 03
    Burnsville
    Sep 03, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Burnsville, 134 Joe Young Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
    Sep 03, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Burnsville, 134 Joe Young Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
  • Harvesting Heritage Festival
    Harvesting Heritage Festival
    Sat, Sep 28
    Burnsville
    Sep 28, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Burnsville, 134 Joe Young Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
    Sep 28, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Burnsville, 134 Joe Young Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
    Join us at the Center for Pioneer Life for the Harvesting Heritage Festival as we celebrate and promote our rich Appalachian heritage ! 🌾
  • History Happy Hour: Micaville Outpost's Noah V. Styles
    History Happy Hour: Micaville Outpost's Noah V. Styles
    Tue, Oct 01
    Burnsville
    Oct 01, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Burnsville, 134 Joe Young Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
    Oct 01, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Burnsville, 134 Joe Young Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
  • History Happy Hour: Dr. Luke Manget
    History Happy Hour: Dr. Luke Manget
    Tue, Dec 03
    Burnsville
    Dec 03, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Burnsville, 134 Joe Young Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
    Dec 03, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Burnsville, 134 Joe Young Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA

Open Hours

Office Hours 

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 

10 am - 2 pm

 

Walk-in Tours (groups 5 or less)

Wednesday 1 pm - 4pm

Saturday 10 am - 2 pm

Guided GroupTours

Call/Email to schedule tour

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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