About Membership

Your Membership is a Gift 

Member support allows Center for Pioneer Life to:

  • Preserve the legacy of Southern Appalachian pioneers

  • Provide learning experiences for all ages 

  • Offer educational programs through demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on activities

  • Welcome visitors, students, scholars, descendants, and future generations

  • Enrich cultural offerings of our local community and advance economic growth for the region


Member Benefits

  • A 30-minute guided tour of the historic homestead for a group of up to ten people (reservation required in advance)

  • Early invitations to all openings, programs, and special events

  • 10% discount for ticketed events

  • Access for special events like reunions, birthdays, weddings and A 10% discount when booking a rental on the property

  • A 10% discount when booking the Shoal Creek Guest House through CPL. Call for more information

  • Special members-only mailings and gifts

  • Regular electronic and printed newsletters will keep you updated on our history lecture series, hands-on activities, parties, and more

Audience at CPL event of Donald Davis Performance. Hosted at Burnsville Town Center.

Photo by Wallace Shealy.

Internationally recognized storyteller Donald Davis with Yancey County Teachers who participated in his storytelling workshop.

Dylan Wilson, Pioneer Farm Manager, and Debra Frasier, Participate Learning Teacher Fellowship Program Leader.

A Big Thanks to Our Donors


Donors who gave $300 or more

Ellen Airs 

Jim and Becky Ashton

Cynthia and Ricky Davis

Pete and Mary Catherine Eberhart

Celia and Lowell Eckert

Hank and Sarah Young Garbee

James and Jayne Young Hasson

Tom and Nancy Hunnicutt

Pete and Christine Marino

Maxine McCurry

Stewart and Carolyn Young McMeekan

Fred and Sheila Meadows

Jeff and Susan Osborne

Gina Phillips

Sharon Young Scott

Matthew and Melody Scott

David Senseney

Ray and Gwen Young Stetzler

Ray and Doris Tobias

Nancy Welch

James P. and Mary Ellis Young

Earl and Betty Banks Young

Steven A. Young

Fred and Phyllis Young

Sam and Kim Young

Alan James Young


Donors who gave $100 or more

Beverly Ayscue

Paul Badgley

Susan Banks

Ken and Judy Carter

Don and Claudette Childs

James and Sara Cochrane

Irene Coletta

Frances A. Coletta

Nancy and Charles Cunningham

Roger and Janese Derrough

Bill and Rebecca Dunlop

Casey and Erica Edwards

Helen Ellington

Mike and Linda Farrow

Debra Frasier and James Henkel

Sue and Peter Freytag

James and Sue Freytag

Mary Ann Galyon

Charles and Becky Gillespie

Brian and Joey Gurl


Organizations and Businesses

Artisan Foundation

Blue Ridge Bridge Club

CBA Construction

Mountain Chef Bistro

WaLelu Farm

Members (continued)

Beverly and Howell Hammond

James and Archer Heinzen

Donald Hinton

Bill and Jane Howard

Emory Hunnicutt

Kelli L. Hunnicutt

Tom Hunnicutt Jr.

Danny A. and Natalie Hyatt Jaume

Ronnie and Lucy Kates

Susan and David Larson

Ruth Lesesne and Dr. Joab Lesesne, Jr.

Gail and Harvey Lewis

Jamie McMahan

Jared McQueen

Jim and Julena Young McQueen

Linda Gail Meyer

Brenda Painter

William Palfrey

Geraldine Plato

Isabelle Potts

Lydia Potts




Circle Three First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta

Watts Auman

Joanne and Bruce Bokor

Dale and Emily Burnett

Rhonda McIntosh

Patricia Simpich

Emily Stromquist

Bill and Jane Tucker

David Waldrop

Members (continued)

Benny and Sandy Ray

Clarence and Sandy Ray

Fred and Debra Rickman

Richard and Jennifer Young Scoggins

Dr. Catherine Serota and Wallace Shealy

Barbara and John Taggart

Jeanne Tyner

Dr. Garland and Mary Ann Wampler

Armin and Renee Wessel

Nancy K. Wheaton

Michael Wilson

Michael and Dana Yares

Charles and Brenda Young

Charles Wilson Young

Clarence Young

Gary and Sandy Young

Margaret and Milton Young

Roger and Deborah Young

Sarah Young

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Contact Us

Telephone 828.536.0337

Email hello@pioneerlife.org

Address 134 Joe Young Road

Burnsville, North Carolina 28714

We welcome visitors by appointment.