Panhandle Pioneer Settlement is a living history museum located
in Blountstown as a part of the Sam B. Atkins Park. It is a
collection of historical and recreated buildings arranged to
simulate an early agricultural community, with a pioneer settlement
and a farmstead. The museum sits on 47 acres in Calhoun County.
founders, Linda and Willard Smith, first envisioned the settlement
years before it became a reality. As people who lived the pioneer
lifestyle, they realized values and traditions were being lost,
and they wanted to preserve the pioneer traditions that formed
the panhandle region. With a dedicated group of supporters and
volunteers working with perseverance, commitment, and passion,
the settlement was officially started in July 1989. Through
a land grant lease from Calhoun County, the settlement was able
to move its first buildings onto the site, and materials were
brought from around the region to preserve the pioneer lifestyle
and stand as a living history experience to educate future generations.
As a public educational institution the museum's vision is to:
purpose of the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement Museum is to promote
knowledge and understanding of the history of pioneer life in
Calhoun County and the surrounding northwest Florida region.
This purpose is fulfilled by preserving, maintaining, and interpreting
the site, structures, and collections and making them available
to the public for research, education programs, and appropriate
private and community functions.
Panhandle Pioneer Settlement is a non profit, 501(c)3 organization
that survives by membership dues and donations from individuals,
organizations, and businesses. All donations are used to support
the museum and go towards fulfilling its mission.
Join the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement members this Saturday, November 25, for Sugar Cane Syrup-Making Day. Demonstrations of the pioneer way of making syrup start at 8:00 a.m.
Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10:00 AM - 2:00
17869 NW Pioneer Settlement Road, Sam B. Atkins Park, Blountstown