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To educate and entrust the public and future generations with knowledge of the pioneer lifestyle of our forefathers, through hands on experience, folk life demonstrations, preservation and historical exhibits.
The Pioneer Settlement serves school children from over 16 Florida counties and preferred dates book quickly, often a year in advance. Several hands-on educational programs are offered daily. Spend the Day the Pioneer Way is one of the most popular programs - Step back in time when settlers had to be self-reliant. Students will experience many of the skills needed to survive in Pioneer Florida. Activities may include: Candle Making, Weaving, Spinning, Blacksmithing or Woodworking, Butter Making and a visit to the Farm. Other programs offered include the Seminole Indian Program - Where students learn about the unique culture of "The Unconquered." Seminole Patchwork, Seminole Legends, the Eight Clans, How to Weave Palmettos, Create a Pinch Pot and Taste Sofkee are among the stations for this filed trip program.
The Barberville Pioneer Settlement has 18 historic structures and offers guided and self guided tours as well as the field trip programs.