1937 Short Road
Kearneysville, WV 25430
Phone: (304) 263-8888
Fax: (304) 263-1540
Arts & Museums
Set in a neo-Georgian style, red bricked, limestone trimmed building, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts was founded in 1929, though it opened its doors in 1931. Their permanent collection features Oriental and Decorative Art, sculptures, 19th and early 20th-century American artwork and Old Masters. It also holds temporary exhibits by new artists delving into folk and other similar art forms. They also have various classes for all ages with weaving and photography being popular choices. Their gift shop is a great place to buy unique jewelry, glassware, handcrafted items and books.
Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters was used as a winter home by the famous philosopher, thinker and a general, Thomas Jackson, during the civil war. The place is now a museum and holds the largest collection of memorabilia and gifts that he received from his team. Among the artifacts on display are Jackson's personal prayer book and prayer table apart from his military displays.
The Old Courthouse Civil War Museum has a very interesting history. During the time of the Civil War in the United States Of America, this old courthouse was used as a hospital, barracks and prison for both the Confederates and the Union Leaders. Now it is a museum that houses war artifacts from the Civil War time. It also hosts several events in its premises on a regular basis. Check website for further details.
Capturing the beauty of the glorious mountains and the astounding greenery of the Shenandoah Valley, Eugene B. Smith's paintings are a world apart. His mesmerizing watercolor paintings are showcased in the EBS Gallery, which is open seven days of the week. His paintings are simple and yet very profound in the way they capture the beauty and the essence of a range of landscapes and seascapes, from the hilly regions of Winchester in the Shenandoah Valley, to the Carolina and Florida coasts. Smith uses soft shades in his coloring, and he also utilizes the technique of printmaking and Oriental brushwork. Please see the website for further information and call for appointment. Toll free number: +1 888 814 9517.
This interactive attraction proves that exploring science, mathematics, arts and humanities can actually be fun. The museum's motto, "To touch is to explore, to explore is to discover, to discover is to learn," is evident in its hands-on approach to the world around us. Dig for fossils in the Fossil Pit; experience the barriers of everyday life for those with physical handicaps by taking a whirl in the Handicapped Obstacle Course; learn about gravitational pull by attempting to scale a climbing wall; and many such shocking discoveries. Fun with enlightenment!
George Washington's Office Museum was the abode and the workplace of the former President between 1755 and 1756, while he was building Fort Loudoun. Washington had taken up a small log cabin on the property which now makes up the central part of the museum. The place is used to display a number of artifacts from the fort and also has some temporary exhibitions with themes displaying Washington's ideas. The place is open from April to October, so make sure you are in time to catch the exhibits. To know more visit the website.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is a way of knowing and appreciating the valley. It is all about the art, culture and other interesting facts about the valley. There are three parts to the museum: The House, The Gardens and the Museum. Each one is complex and unique in its own way and each one has an amazing story to tell about the valley. For further information, please check the website.
If you are visiting Winchester and want to explore the nearby historical landmarks, then Abram's Delight is place to be. This private property owned by the Hollingsworth family was taken over by the city to retain it's heritage structure and preserve the beautiful spring. The house was converted into a museum and it now showcases war memorabilia and other documents. Open from April to October, it offers guided tours for large groups and students. For further details, check the website or call ahead.