Pioneer Village



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Old-Time Pioneer Village Recalls the Past

Always one of the most popular attractions at the Festival, the “Living History” village features period re-enactors who demonstrate mountain life in the 1800s through dress, living quarters, and activities. The Pioneer Village includes several overnight pioneer camps and many demonstrators of old-time skills. Blacksmiths, silversmiths, soap-makers, spinners, weavers, and many other demonstrators are spread throughout the area. There are also children's games and a petting zoo as well.  Also, be sure to stop by and join in or watch a Native American dance, this is always a highlight of the Pioneer Village area.  The list below shows some of our past demonstrators and what you can experience at the Appalachian Festival.

  • Demonstrators for the 2019 festival:
  • Clans of Desdin Glen - Open Fire Cooking, Immigration, Women & Children's Issues
  • Don Drewry - Music
  • John Helton & All Nations Drum - Appalachian History and Drum
  • Denver Hinkston - Tomahawk Skills
  • Wynona Mills - Soap Making
  • Gary Miner - Different Styles of Pioneer Lighting Systems & Riffle Demonstrations
  • Debbie Miner - Children Doll Making "Hankie Dolls" & Sewing Demonstrations
  • Bills Mills - Corn to Cornmeal
  • Paul Wannamaker - Frontier Hunting Skills and Pelts
  • Ruanne Wilke - School Marm
  • Debora Cook - Filigree & German Paper Cutting

Children's Games will be provided by Sharon Powers:

            Friday, May 6th:         TBA
            Saturday, May 7th:     TBA
            Sunday, May 8th:      TBA

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Native American Drum Schedule

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