Pioneer Mom.

Pioneer Mom with Scary Child

Field review by the editors.

Frackville, Pennsylvania

The 15-foot-tall Pioneer Mom, or "Pie Woman," is a disturbing rendition of frontier feminity. A somewhat masculine-looking lady in a bonnet holds a pie and gazes blankly towards the highway. Tipster Alan Marx theorized this was a transgender Muffler Man, but the statue parts don't add up to indicate any M-Man lineage.

The girl child clutching the woman's dress is even more peculiar, with the face of a 40-year old man, dragging a decapitated doll across the statue platform.

Roadside rumor has it that the statues formerly stood at the Pot-O-Gold Diner in Hamburg, Pennsylvania, and then moved here after that establishment closed. Granny's opened in 1986, so they've been here for a while.

A 2008 repainting in brighter colors reminded us at the time of M. Night Shyamalan's The Village, and now draws comparisons to The Handmaid's Tale.

Pioneer Mom with Scary Child

Granny's Motel and Kitchen

Address:
115 West Coal St., Frackville, PA
Directions:
I-81 exit 124B, head northeast on Rt. 61 towards Frackville. Granny's is on the right. Granny's Motel and Kitchen.
Phone:
570-874-0408
RA Rates:
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