imageThe Southwest Virginia Museum
is a member of the American
Association of Museums, the
American Association of State
and Local History, and the
    Virginia Association of Museums

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This is a Friends of
the Museum Website

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Welcome to the Southwest Virginia Museum!






 

 

ONLINE
EXHIBITS


 

We currently have fifteen (15) online exhibits.  They include things like Shimmer and Shine, Famous Authors, Riches In Stitches, Famous Musicians, Elected Leaders, Life and Art of James True, Early Clothing, and so much MORE ...

 CALENDAR
OF EVENTS


The 2009 season at the Southwest Virginia Museum kicks off on March 1st as the museum re-opens to the public.  Our programs this year feature a number of returning favorites, such as our holiday wreath-making workshop, the "Mystery in the Mountains" whodunit evening, and the popular "Lunch on the Lawn" summer music series.  We will also introduce several new workshops for children and adults that celebrate the history and culture of Southwest Virginia.  These include a children's toy-making class and "The Art of Bonsai," a hands-on tutorial in an ancient tradition.  READ MORE ...

 


ABOUT US


 

In 1885 Rufus Ayers served as Virginia's Attorney General. He and other gentlemen such as John Imboden, Charles Sears, George Carter, and John Taggart felt that Big Stone Gap could become the "Pittsburgh of the South" because of its iron ore and coal deposits. Rufus was instrumental in helping develop the coal and iron ore industry in Southwest Virginia and bringing the railroads to this area. Big Stone Gap, however, did not become the next Pittsburgh due to the economic depression.  READ MORE ...

This Site Sponsored by THE SLEMP FOUNDATION EDUCATIONAL ENDOWMENT


Old-time traditional fiddle tune "Johnny the Blacksmith" played by  Paul Smith,
Gathering In The Gap Music Festival 2008 Fiddle Champion"



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