1093 Ole Berry Drive
Abingdon, VA 24210
Phone: (276) 698-3040
Fax: (276) 698-3050
Arts & Museums
Ever wished you could go back in time? Well, now you can. The Rocky Mount living history museum, which was previously home to Governor William Cobb, is now open to the pubic for historic explorations. The structure was built in 1828 in the Log House style of architecture. Today, it operates as a living museum, where the past times are unraveled to the visitors. The interpreters at the museum are dressed in period costumes while they take you through the house. The rural setting of the museum is sure to teleport you to the ancient era. The rustic beauty of the place will not only please your eyes, but will also enrich your knowledge.
The Netherland Inn and Complex functioned as a boat yard for salt distribution in 1808. Later, the three-story building with an inn and a tavern became the Netherland Inn, serving travelers before being bought by the Netherland Inn Association, who turned it into a historic house museum. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. A visit to the museum makes for an interesting experience, with guides in period dresses.
Located inside the Appalachian State University campus, the Turchin Center For The Visual Arts was opened in 2003, and named after its benefactors Robert and Lillian Turchin. Comprising a well-equipped lecture hall, 2 charming sculptured gardens and 6 galleries, this center boasts a choc-a-bloc calendar of events each season. Though admission is free, donations are heartily encouraged.
The Southwest Virginia Museum is located in a house first built in 1895. Once a private residence, it is now dedicated to telling the rich history of the region. Artifacts from throughout time tell of the "boom and bust era" and the pioneer era, as well as the lives of those who settled there at the time.