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Southwest Virginia Museum is one of our 37 Virginia State Parks. Please visit our official page at http://www.facebook.com/virginiastateparksBy using our Big Stone Gap online itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to Southwest Virginia Museum and other attractions in Big Stone Gap.
The museum is housed in a mansion built in the 1880s by Rufus Ayers, a Virginia attorney general. The museum was bequeathed to the commonwealth in 1946 by C. Bascom Slemp, private secretary to President Calvin Coolidge and a member of the U. S. Congress. The museum was officially dedicated by the state in 1948. It features a collection comprised of more than 20,000 pieces, about one third of which is on display at any given time. The museum chronicles the exploration and development of the region during the 1890s coal boom, as well as the pioneer period. It offers activities for kids, scout and school programs, workshops, an annual Festival of Trees program, a quilt show, a music festival and outdoor exhibits. The museum sells archival supplies and offers the opportunity to have pictures of collection pieces copied, as well as copies of reference files. A gift shop at the museum features Victorian-era and pioneer items, local crafts, a large selection of books and Virginia State Parks itmes. The Victorian Parlor there is available for rent for business and social occasions.
Southwest Virginia Museum reviews
This expansive 19th century stone mansion filled with turn of the century carpentry no longer seen, contains four full floors of regional history. The history is told through artifacts and...
This expansive 19th century stone mansion filled with turn of the century carpentry no longer seen, contains four full floors of regional history. The history is told through artifacts and... more »
My husband was really taken with the beautiful woodworking in this house. The displays were great too.
My husband was really taken with the beautiful woodworking in this house. The displays were great too. more »
Wonderful Victorian home and museum located in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. There was a small admission cost, which I think was $5 per adult and $3 per child over age five, if I remember correctly. It is a lovely three story home that was built in the 1800’s. When we were there it was beautifully decorated for a festival of Christmas trees. It may not be the most exciting place for small children. I had to keep a keen eye on our three year old to make sure she was not touching the exhibits. It was still a great place to visit.
Absolutely beautiful! They're having a Harvest Hoedown today and it's going until 8pm! Check it out. It is gorgeous here!
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