Experience what life may have been like for a pioneer family settling in the Genesee Country during the early 1800s. Imagine living and working at the pioneer farmstead and making our 1809 Hetchler log house your home for one memorable weekend. You’ll be able to live the life of a pioneer family while museum guests are around, but also in the solitude of a quiet summer night or on a cool autumn evening with the warm glow of firelight and candles illuminating your log home.
On select weekends again this year, you can share in your own pioneer experience firsthand. As pioneers you will tackle the daily chores necessary for your family’s survival—anything from fetching water to working the fields and gardens, caring for the farm animals and cooking your meals over an open hearth. Activities change depending on the time of year and every Pioneer Experience is unique—customized for your family or group by our staff.
Your pioneer guide and advisor for the weekend will be an experienced museum interpreter and open-hearth cook. Our pioneer farmstead staff thoroughly enjoys spending their days at the farm working around the log house, in the gardens and throughout the farm as they share stories of pioneer farm life with all of our guests.
Your personal guide will be helping you master the skills necessary to accomplish all of the work required to keep the farmstead running smoothly during the day and to survive on your own each night.
Those selected to be part of our Pioneer House Experience will be required to attend an orientation session on a day scheduled prior to the start of their weekend. Each participant will be fitted for period clothing by our costuming department during orientation.
For more information on the Pioneer House Experience, please see our list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Pioneer Experience weekends for 2017 are:
• June 30-July 2 “Ending the Season of Want”
• July 28-30 “The Season of Plenty”
• August 18-20 “The Work of the Harvest”
• September 15-17 “The Mad Dash to Winter”
• October 6-8 “Celebrating the Harvest”
The fee is $200 per adult, $130 per youth (ages 8-16). Prices are non-negotiable. A non-refundable down payment of 50% of the total is due upon acceptance. The remaining 50 % is to be paid at the scheduled orientation. Payments can be made via cash, check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover).
Each “pioneer” group must include a minimum of two adults. There is a maximum of six people per group.
Pioneer Experience Application
Except for special events,
GCVM is now CLOSED
for the season and will
re-open May 13, 2017.