Schedule of Events

Joyce Jefferson presents “Aunt Lou” Marchbanks

August 31st at 11:00 and 2:00

The Rockpile Museum invites you to hear the true story of a former Tennessee slave who became a successful and well-respected hotel owner/operator in the Black Hills.
  Joyce Jefferson, a South Dakota Humanities scholar, will portray Lucretia Marchbanks at a 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the museum.  “Who Is Aunt Lou?” will explore the life of this amazing pioneer woman who could neither read nor write but managed to purchase and operate the Rustic Hotel in Sawpit Gulch, just down the road from Deadwood.

Joyce Jefferson is appearing as part of new museum programming that is focused on sharing the cultural and natural history of the greater Powder River Basin. Campbell County Rockpile Museum Presents: Black & Yellow Theatre, voices of the Powder River Basin from the Black Hills to Yellowstone provides experiences at 11am and 2pm on Saturdays at the Campbell County Rockpile Museum, providing guests an opportunity to interact with museum staff, volunteers, and special guests. The museum is always looking for volunteers who are interested in participating, to find out more please stop by the museum or contact Museum Educator, Stephan P. Zacharias at

Aunt Lou Marchbanks

1st Annual Northeast Wyoming Archaeology Fair

September 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Campbell County Rockpile Museum’s 1st Annual Northeast Wyoming Archaeology Fair on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Experience the science of archaeology in Wyoming and try your hand at prehistoric lifeways.  Plans are underway to have an atlatl range, dig boxes, tool identification, flintknapping, buffalo hide tanning, earthen stone hearth cooking, and much more.  Featured presentations will happen at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Don’t miss this fun and educational look at archaeology in northeast Wyoming. 

Dig Site