The Barberville Pioneer Settlement is a non-profit 501c3 corporation established in 1976.

 

In 1976 a group of Volusia County teachers with a passion for the arts; Lura Bell, Anne Johnson, Mary McClancy, Dorothy Felton, Marion Hillabold, Shirley Keppel, Dorothy Johnson and Viola Pierson founded the Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts, Inc., as a not for profit organization.

 

At first the property known as the Central School of Barberville (c. 1919), and was leased from the Volusia County School Board, however in 2001 the School Board bestowed ownership of the property to the Board of Directors of the Pioneer Settlement.

Our Mission

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.

Board of Directors

 

Dennis Thomas, President

Jimmy Rogers, Vice President

Joe Underhill, Treasurer

Diana Johnson, Secretary

Joan Carter

John Case

Dell Hoyt

John Kern

Emily Mieras

Frank Paulhamus

Richard Schuler

 

Staff

Debra Ann WestExecutive Director

Gudrun Benson, Associate Director

Jenna BlackwellCustomer Service and Reservation Specialist

Staff Members

Heinrich Hole

Jack Whitman

Su Edgar

Sam Edgar

Stan Arel

Mathew Ford

Erick Nielsen

Seasonal Volunteers

Joe Rozycki

Connie Campisi

Lyle Behnke

Joanna and Jonathan Demarest

Richard and Rhonda McCutcheon

Andrea & Dennis Lawson

Jay Voelkner & Laverne Shoopman

Our History
 
In the early years, the Board of Directors led by Lura D. Bell, struggled to fulfill their dreams of rehabilitating the badly deteriorated school and provide enriching educational programming. Public programs began in 1982, and have steadily developed into those enjoyed by thousands today. The rapid growth of the children's education program influenced the School Board's decision to place a teacher on site to coordinate the programs with mandated curriculums meeting Sunshine State Standards. Additionally, over the years, the program has adapted to meet the growing need for FCAT-based learning benchmarks.
Our Vision

 

To become Florida’s

premier living history

destination.

Outreach Program

 

To further the Settlement's mission, a representative is available to speak about the Settlement and it’s history to the community, at civic group meetings, retirement facilities and other public or private gathering.

 

For more information contact directors@pioneersettlement.org

1776 Lightfoot Lane
Barberville, Florida 32105

 

Phone: 386-749-2959
Fax. 386-749-2087

 

 

 

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