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.


Now open in the changing gallery:  

In Exquisite Detail
Fashion Dolls by Pete Ballard

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The 39 dolls in this exhibition are a collection of scaled-down American fashions from
the 18th century through the early 20th century created by renowned educator,
fabric conservator, and costume historian, Arthur J. “Pete” Ballard. 
A native of Welch, West Virginia, Ballard spent more than three years creating
the 40 inch tall, papier mache figures by hand.  Artist Armande de Navarre
painted each face with its own unique expression.  A focus on accuracy and authenticity
led Ballard to take many designs directly from the pages of Godey’s Lady’s magazine,
which showcased the latest fashions of the 19th century.  Many of the dolls are clothed
in authentic materials from the time periods they represent.   Each figure is dressed
entirely in period appropriate clothing, from the undergarments to the outerwear. 

Click here to download the In Exquisite Detail press release.