Crab Orchard Museum

Fincastle Turnpike
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3663 Crab Orchard Rd
Tazewell, VA 24651
Phone: (276) 988-6755
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Historical Significance Crab Orchard Museum - Crab orchard Museum

Thousands of years before pioneers of European origin settled the Virginia colony, it was inhabited by various Indian tribes and before them, the nomadic Indians of the Clovis period. When the Witten family established the first farm in what is now Tazewell County, sometime around 1770 around what is now the Museum site, members of the Cherokee nation in North Carolina were still using the area as a place for hunting and to reside temporarily. English-speaking Melungeon farmers had been encountered here a century earlier by explorers sent out from Jamestown, VA. Spanish conquistadores also explored the region in the 1500s, but did not settle.