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The Historic Crab Orchard Museum is an educational institution whose mission is to identify, collect, preserve, interpret, and promote the diverse Appalachian cultural heritage of Southwest Virginia and the surrounding region.



The Museum’s Pioneer Park was developed in 1975-78 on land owned by A. Jefferson Higginbotham, Jr.  The nationally registered Crab Orchard Archaeological Site on which it sits was part of a late Woodland period Intermountain Native American community later acquired by Tazewell County’s earliest settlers, the Witten family.  Historic Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, was chartered in 1978 to receive gifts of objects and funds, and the Higginbotham Museum Center was built from 1979-81, funded by state grants to the county.  The Museum Center covers approximately 7,200 square feet, and houses our permanent collection as well as a series of rotating special exhibitions.  The Pioneer Park consists of 15 historic log and stone structures and the Red Barn, an exhibition building also used for community events.  In the 2000s, the museum acquired the 1907 Pisgah Store, which is located across the four lane highway, and the Frog Level Service Station, which stands adjacent to the museum.  Crab Orchard Museum is a member-owned organization governed by a board of directors and operated by a professional staff, with the help of valuable volunteers.


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Board of Directors

Russell Hatfield, Chairman
David Mullins, Vice Chairman
Sam Johnson, Treasurer
Bonnie White, Secretary
Bob Buchanan, Immediate Past Chairman

Betty Brainerd
Amy Brittain
Nancy Brooks
Rod Cury
Craig Hammond
Martha Hurst
Mary Lawson
Dave Leonard
Ron Mullennex
Susan Reeves
Joe Bowen, Counsel to the Museum



Our staff works hard to make Historic Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park a memorable experience.

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Charlotte Whitted, Executive Director

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Joan Yates, Education Director

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Cindy Ringstaff

Visitor Services Coordinator

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Elisabeth Hemsworth

Ratcliffe Curator of  Collections

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Cynthia Farmer

Membership & Administrative Coordinator

Contact Us

Whether you'd like to schedule a group tour, book a wedding, join the membership, discuss an artifact, rent the Cottage at Crab Orchard, or pose a question, we are glad to help.  Call us or fill out the form below and we'll be in touch.

Phone: 276.988.6755 | Fax: 276.988.9400

Monday: Closed to the public
Tuesday-Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (April 1st - November 1st)

Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.  Hours are limited between Christmas and New Year's.  Please call to verify hours during holidays or winter weather.


General admission to the Museum Center & Pioneer Park is:
$5.00 for adults
$3.00 for children ages 7-12
FREE for children 6 & under

An audio tour is included with admission for self-guided visitors via a free downloadable app or listening device. 


Crab Orchard Museum is located just off highway 19-460 West (Governor G.C. Peery Highway) on Crab Orchard Road.

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