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Panhandle Pioneer Settlement

Cindy Reese, office manager
(Blountstown, FL)

Panhandle Pioneer Settlement -- if Florida has an undiscovered treasure, this place is it. We are located in the central part of the Panhandle, 40 miles from Panama City, FL and 46 miles from our State Capital Tallahassee, FL.

The Settlement was founded in July of 1989 to bring together the material history of life between 1840 and the beginning of World War II. Our mission is to acquire, document, research and restore buildings and tools that were used in daily life. The documents of Panhandle history have been relocated to Sam B. Atkins Park in Blountstown, Florida, and arranged to simulate an agricultural community and serve the public as a rural living history museum. Our exhibits and educational programs for adult and children offer hands-on experience. The Settlement was developed with small groups of men and women donating both time and energy, soliciting memberships, and writing grant proposals to acquire funds for historical preservation. We have 19 restored buildings from a smoke house to a 1903 log cabin.

We are looking for experienced workampers seeking a volunteer job. You'd be volunteering as little as 20 hours a week per couple and some times more during large events. As workampers, you will enjoy a FHU campsite, laundry facility, restrooms, WI-FI at most camp sites, hiking trail, bicycling trail, and beautiful scenery. We have state record fishing for white bass, striped bass, spotted bass, and flathead catfish all from the Apalachicola River which is minutes away. It's another 20 minutes away for canoeing, kayaking, a tubing tour on the Chipola River. We offer you life in a small town environment and the experiences and opportunities it provides. It also provides you the opportunity to explore different areas of the Panhandle by staying two to six months in one place.

Friendly, responsible, honest, competent, and trustworthy workampers are who you are looking for and we offer these same attributes as an employer. Interacting with and assisting people, learning new skills, and providing positive customer service are important to us.

The Panhandle Pioneer Settlements is a nonprofit organization that has 16 events per year to help with operating expenses. Some of the duties required of workampers are as followed: tours, operating the general store, assisting with events, grounds maintenance, building maintenance, assisting with rentals of buildings, and office assistance.

If you would like more information, just email me or give me a call. I would be glad to answer any questions you may have and to mail you an information packet. View our website at

I look forward to discussing how your skills and our needs can create a great experience for each of us.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.


Cindy Reese

Office Manager

Panhandle Pioneer Settlement

PO Box 215

17869 NW Pioneer Settlement Rd.

Blountstown, FL 32424


Coleen's note: A couple of our RVing readers have workamped at Panhandle Pioneer Settlement and have given us a report on their stay there. Be sure to read about their experience. Here's the link to their story, Take a Step Back in Time

The Pioneer Panhandle Settlement has special workamper volunteer opportunities. One of them is helping with a Journey Stories exhibit with the Smithsonian. Click here to read more about this special opportunity for RVing volunteers.

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