This past weekend I went to the Barberville Pioneer Settlement with my daughter. If you haven’t heard of it before, neither had I until I saw it listed as a Girl Scouts event. Barberville is an outdoor museum with buildings from Barberville in the late 1800s/early 1900s.
There are original buildings on the property as well as replicas. We visited an old schoolhouse, where my 8-year old educated me as to why there were different size desks. If you are unaware, as I was, it is because they had kids of different ages in one room so they needed desks of different sizes.
We also went into the Woodwork Shop, Blacksmith Shop, The Country Store and the Barn, as well as a traditional log cabin where a pioneer family would live.
Barberville Pioneer Settlement is mainly a self-guided museum. With your entry, you are able to tour the property and view the buildings at your leisure. However, you can pay $50 and get a docent guided tour for your family or group. The best time to visit Barberville though is on the second Saturday of the month when they bring a Pioneer Village to life with demonstrations and they offer traditional workshops.
Barberville Pioneer Settlement holds many special events throughout the year including their Spring Frolic, a celebration of music, dance arts & crafts and living history; Celebration of Olde Florida, with demonstrations of blacksmithing, weaving, printing and more traditional pioneer crafts; Fire and Ice Festival featuring live music, hot chili and ice cold ice cream and the Fall Country Jamboree featuring demonstrations of pioneer living that included blacksmithing, cane grinding and a boil, spinning, weaving, wood working, and many more historical demonstrations.
Go or No Go
We do recommend visiting the Barberville Pioneer Settlement, but during one of the events or with a guide. Kids will get more out of the museum if they can see and hear what Pioneer life was like vs. just walking around on your own.
Barberville Pioneer Settlement
1776 Lightfoot Lane
Barberville, Florida 32105
(use Pierson, FL for GPS)
Phone: (386) 749-2959