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Tazewell, VA (WVVA)--A trip to the Historic Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park, is a chance to step back in time.

The Executive Director at the Museum, Charlotte Whitted said, "We focus on Pioneer history, and Native American history, Military history, lots of things that happened right around here." "we have fourteen log and stone buildings from the 1800's, and a horse drawn transportation exhibit in the red barn."

And the museum is more than a tourist destination, Whitted says it's an opportunity for locals to learn more about themselves through the history of their ancestors.  "The folks that settled here came from all different cultures. They didn't really appreciate the government telling them what they could and could not do."

Opening it's doors back in 1982, the Non-profit historical museum is named for the historical site on which it is located.  First time visitors are encouraged to consider a guided tour, which is both educational and interactive.

"While many museums offer a hand-off approach, at the Crab Orchard Museum, you can fully emerse yourself in Appalachian history, by using all five senses, including touch."

Whitted adds, "You can make butter, you can dance the Virginia Reel, you can have a black powder demonstration, there's lots of things you can do at the museum."

New at the museum is the Daily Bread Diner, also rich with history, dating back to 1907.  "And that's a new amenity for visitors if they come here, they can eat right across the road," said Whitted.

Satisfying stomachs, along with a hunger for history, Whitted encourages visitors to take their time and use their imagination as they experience the living history.

 

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