Lucie Greever Gallery

The Lucie Greever Gallery is our main exhibition gallery, and is located within the Higginbotham Museum Center.  
The gallery houses twelve permanent exhibits and one changing exhibition space.  

Each exhibit gallery focuses on a different aspect of the history of Southwest Virginia and Appalachia.  Geological specimens, such as coal, salt, and fossils, along with a mastadon tusk and molars, and examples of local wildlife begin the story of the area.  The first people to inhabit this land were Native Americans who constructed a palisaded village on this site during the 1500s.  A model of the village and an educational replica of a wigwam are found in this gallery, in addition to archaeological artifacts found on site during an archaeological dig that took place during the 1970s.  The arrival of the first white settlers, known as "long hunters", arrived in the early 18th century to hunt on the frontier.  From these first pioneers, the gallery exhibits follow the lives of the people of Southwest Virginia through the struggles of war, the practices farming and timbering, and the discovery of coal during the 19th century.  The last two exhibit galleries feature the decorative arts and focus on textiles and furnishings made in Southwest Virginia and Appalachia.

For a more in-depth experience in our gallery, download our new, free audio tour app onto your personal device!  
Search "Crab Orchard Museum" in your app store - available in Apple iTunes & the Google Play Store - and look for our logo. 
The app is a free, one time download, and offers visitors a chance to hear some of the stories behind the artifacts on exhibit.

Coming soon in the changing gallery:  
Flavors of the PastExploring Southern & Appalachian Foodways

Few things tie us to the past like food we eat, though we rarely stop to consider the connections that our favorite recipes create with history. 
The food on our tables often reflects more than just the flavors we enjoy.  Availability and accessibility, as well as cultural, economic, and political factors,
affect what we eat, how food is prepared, and even who joins us around the dining table.  This exhibition seeks to explore the place of food in our lives,
and its ability to tell old stories in new ways.