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“Great History Lesson”

Barberville Pioneer Settlement
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The mission of the Barberville Pioneer Settlement is to educate and entrust the public and future generations with knowledge of the pioneer lifestyle of our forefathers through hands on experience, folk demonstrations, preservation and historic exhibits. The historical village museum is situated on a thirty-acre campus that features 18 historical structures and a collection of over 10,000 items. The Settlement offers self guided and guided tours, field trips, workshops and demonstrations, as well as rental facilities for meetings, small weddings and special events. General Information Seasonal Hours November 15th - Mother's Day - Open 7 Days Sundays Noon - 4pm Monday - Saturday 9am - 4pm. Mother's Day - November 15th Open Tuesday - Saturday 9am - 4pm and on Mondays by reservation for large groups Closed Holidays - New Year's Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day. NOTE - Arrive at least 1.5 hours prior to closing time! Service Animals Only Allowed on Grounds. Admission Prices; General Admission-Self-Guided Tours $8/each Adults $7/each Seniors (60+), Veterans and Groups of 5 or more $4/each Children ages 6 -12 Free for Children under 5. Guided Tours Reservations and a minimum of $50.00 required. $10/each Adults $5/each Children ages 6-12 Free for Children under 5. Special Events Admission prices are subject to change due to specifics of each event. Annual Fundraising Events - Spring Frolic the last weekend of April and the Fall Country Jamboree the first full weekend of November.
Reviewed 1 July 2014

My family and I went to Barberville on Saturday (Eve before Father's Day) for the "Olde Florida Celebrate" sponsored by MACDeland. The admission was free when we went and apparently you can get in free on certain days too! If you're looking to spend an hour or two, this is the place for you - We learned about farm life, how blacksmiths created forks and fireplace pokers, how brooms were made, etc.

We also ate swamp cabbage, lassie cake, baked beans and pulled pork - All of which were delicious. This place is a self-guided tour but it's interactive (such as candlemaking) and shows you just how life was really lived. Sadly, we didn't see the Indian exhibit but it was still nice! Stop on by if you have the time, it's a great fast stop on your travels!

3  Thank Jennifer D
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We visited the settlement this past weekend. It was okay. There were some interesting buildings and tools. It was worth the $6 admission price. However,it could be a lot more interesting with some imagination. The country store was pretty bad. There were classrooms demonstrating candle making and weaving. There were a lot of cool artifacts. I went with the impression that it would be similar to Williamsburg, VA. There was no comparison. That is not to say don't visit here...I would recommend it. I also feel that it could be a lot better.

1  Thank frmrtvlagt
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Reviewed 22 December 2013 via mobile

This place is truly a gem. Where else can you find 30 acres of Florida history come alive? Everywhere you turn there's something interesting, educational and engaging for all ages. If you really want to experience Florida, this is the place!

1  Thank SurfSandArt
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

There are many buildings with history inside and it is very inexpensive to visit. Animals, gardens, even an old caboose there. All in all a nice day trip to history.

2  Thank vcatomine
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

We enjoyed our half day at the Pioneer Settlement. There is a reasonable entrance fee of $6/adult and $4/child other than those under 5 years old who are free. We came for the music session which is held fairly regularly and enjoyed the experience very much. There are a number of sites of interest. Old barns, equipment, gardens, chickens, peacocks, cats, as well as a little village you can tour on your own or with a guide. We loved the village with its fire station, train station, blacksmithy, church, and bungalows. Inside the main building there are differing rooms set up with various artifacts and items from the schoolhouse. This is a great place to bring children in order to provide some perspective on modern-day life.

1  Thank Becky G
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