Living on the Land is designed to explore how people in Jefferson County have used this land. Occupying our largest gallery, Living on the Land traces how the original organisms, and then humans, occupied the county. Featuring eight exhibit sections and four replicated “rooms,” we invite visitors to step back in time to visit with the original residents of this county.
Fossils and bones are evidence of the life that once existed here. They are also the starting point of our visit through time. Out of the Mist humans arrived and Native Americans crisscrossed the region. The pioneers of European descent appeared and began to settle the land. The Settlers’ Lot was not an easy one.
Did our settlers come to timber or to farm? You decide. Cross-cuts and Conservation and Working the Fields will show you stories of the lumbermen and farmers.
Moving Around meant wheels and wagons, horses and motorcars, airplanes and feet. Changes in modes of transportation meant Rails and Roads that brought goods and services into the county faster and easier. Commerce expanded and the people of the county grew rich. They built lovely Victorian homes and sizable commercial buildings. The county expanded as Buried Treasure like coal and natural gas attracted more people to this land.