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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Address:
Barberville Pioneer Settlement
1776 Lightfoot Lane
Barberville, Florida 32105
(use Pierson, FL for GPS)

Phone: (386) 749-2959