HAR-BER VILLAGE MUSEUM is a pioneer-era village and history museum complete with The Country Store gift shop, The Crafters at Har-Ber Village retail shop and Visitor Center. The Village is located on the shores of Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees. During self-guided tours, visitors experience the area’s history and ecology, and view antiques, collectibles and reproductions in exhibitions representing the mid-1800s to the early 1900s in the local four-state region (Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas).
Visitors enjoy eating lunches and snacks at the Picnic Pavilion or purchasing lunch at the BACK PORCH CAFE (closed for the 2014 season) as well as walking on theSCENICmile-and-a-half-long Nature Trail or shopping for unique gifts and souvenirs inTHE COUNTRY STORE.
Har-Ber Village Museum offers facility rentals for social gatherings such as meetings, reunions, weddings and receptions. Spaces available include the Event Tent, Picnic Pavilion, Chapel and meeting room in the Visitor Center.
RecentlyEXHIBITS have been renovated and/or relocated, HANDS-ON ACTIVITY STATIONSadded (Kid’s Cabin, Nursery, School, Jail, Saloon), and frequent WORKSHOPS, events and historic craft and trade demonstrations have become a part of Har-Ber Village’s offerings (blacksmithDEMONSTRATIONS, spinning and weaving demonstrations and historic craft WORKSHOPS).
AnnualSPECIAL EVENTS include Civil War Day, Farm and Agriculture Day, Cherokee Heritage Day, Independence Day Celebration, Ecology and Environment Day, Pelican Fest Free Day, Historical Haunted Halloween, Pioneer Day and Christmas on Main Street.Har-Ber Village Museum also features historic craft and trade workshops and demonstrations.
Several of the Village’s HISTORIC BUILDINGSwere relocated to the grounds, including a schoolhouse, jail and 16 log cabins. Other log structures were built to house collections and are typical for the mid-to-late 1800s—a courthouse, a bank, a stagecoach inn and a church built with bricks hand-made before the Civil War. Other replicated buildings include a mercantile, jail and hanging gallows, a doctor’s and a dentist’s office, print shop, post office, drug store and more.
Remember the Past, Celebrate the Present, Imagine the Future!