Independence Day


Thursday, July 4, 2019

Mark your calendars for the Museum’s oldest annual event in celebration of our nation’s independence.  This fun-filled, family-oriented event includes live music performances, old fashioned kids’ games, a kids’ craft trail, a colonial reenactment, costumed demonstrations in the Pioneer Park, and great food vendors.  This annual summer celebration is not to be missed!

The museum will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on July 4th.  
Stop by the gift shop for handcrafted items, books, toys, home decor accents, and souvenirs!

Admission is FREE thanks to our generous sponsors:
Rotary Club of Tazewell, Roy & Dorothy Wright, Hurst-Scott Funeral Homes of Tazewell,  Pablo Carpio, MD, New Peoples Bank, & Crab Orchard Veterinary

* Download the 2018 Independence Day Celebration press release here.


2018 Schedule

10:30                           Flag Raising  (Tazewell VFW Post 7136) & singing of the National Anthem
10:30 - 4:00              Museum, Cabins, Fort Witten & Frog Level Store Open with Demonstrations
10:30 - 2:00              Fort Witten - D.A.R. & S.A.R. Interpreters & Demonstrations
11:00 - 12:00            Rabbit Ridge Pea Pickers on Daniel-Murray Homestead porch
11:00 - 12:30             Kids' Craft Trail
12:00 - 1:00              Bluestone on Daniel-Murray Homestead porch
1:00 - 2:00                Rabbit Ridge Pea Pickers on Daniel-Murray Homestead porch
1:00 - 2:30                 Kids’ Games  (under the Willow Tree)
2:00 - 3:00               Bluestone on Daniel-Murray Homestead porch
3:00 - 3:30                 Colonial Reenactment
4:00                            Event Conclusion



  • Kids’ Games may include: a watermelon seed spitting contest, sack race, three-legged race, corncob darts, bubblegum-blowing contest, back-to-back race, ice cream eating contest, & more.

  • Kids’ Craft Trail (make-and-take crafts) may include: pinwheels, arrowhead necklaces, cattail canoes, button buzz saws, & more.

  • Costumed Demonstrations may include: blacksmithing, woodworking, woodcarving, weaving, basketweaving, archery, spinning, brick oven baking, apple butter making, & more.