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Wolf Creek Indian Village & Museum

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Imagine life 500 years ago. The Wolf Creek Indian Village will introduce you to the life led by the Eastern Woodland Indians who inhabitated the land 500 years ago. Our recreated village is the size and layout of an actual archeological evacuation known as the Brown-Johnston site.

 

The conventional museum exhibits artifacts from the actual site, various exhibits focused on the Eastern Woodland Indians. The exhibits are also enhanced with collections from across the United States.

 

Located within 2 minutes of Interstate 77, Exit 58 (Bastian, Virginia) this is an educational experience situated in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia. Interpretive guides will lead you on an exploration of skills needed by the inhabits to survive and thrive.

 

Beautiful nature trails and ample picnic facilities make this a must stop for families and those interested in the Native American history of the First People of Southwest Virginia. Groups are welcome.

 

 

History of Wolf Creek Indian Village & Museum

 

During the contruction of Interstate 77, plans were made to re-channel Wolf Creek to make room for the Bastian, Virginia exit. During this process local resident Wayne Richardson contacted the then State Archeologist Howard MacCord about his suspicions of a Indian village site that would be disturbed by the contruction of the interstate.

 

In May 1970, Howard MacCord led the excavation of the site. The construction of the interstate was stopped for a very brief time to complete the dig. It was the first official state recognized archeology site (State # 44BD1)  in Bland County and named for Brown Johnston who owned the farm the site was located on.  The site gives a glimpse of a story of a people and their way of life long ago.

 

In 1992, the community never forgot the memory of a village that had once stood in Bland County. Under the direction of George Schaeffer and members of the Bland County Historical Society a plan was implemented to create a museum dedicated to the history of the first Native American people who called the mountains of Bland County home.

 

Funding was secured, community joined in and the village came back to life. In 1996, the re-creation of the village, based upon the archeology report, opened to the public.

 

In October, 1998 the conventional museum building opened. In 2009, the Economic Development Authority took on the responsibility of operating the museum and is in the process of rebuilding the village.

 

In it's history, Wolf Creek Indian Village & Museum has hosted visitors from just about every country and all 50 states. Thousands of school age children have learned about First People history of the mountains and of the state of Virginia at Wolf Creek.