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.
Currently on exhibit in the changing gallery:
Flavors of the Past
Exploring Appalachian and Southern Foodways
Food and culinary traditions connect us to the past like almost nothing else can. Viewed through the lens of history, the food we eat, the recipes we treasure, and the people who join us around the table tell us who we are and where we came from. The time shared and stories told around the kitchen table are among our most loved experiences from childhood to old age. For good or bad, food evokes memory. It keeps tradition and cultural identity alive, while also allowing for change and adaptation. The pioneers on the Appalachian frontier did their best to bring pieces of the Old World with them through recipes, but they were often forced to alter those recipes to make use of what new and unfamiliar foods were available to them. They kept a part of the old, the part the connected them to the past, while also changing and creating something new. The what and how and where of the food we eat is more than the sum of its parts. This exhibition seeks to examine the place of food in our lives and in our past.