Brownsburg Community Association and Brownsburg Museum Events

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2017 Brownsburg, USA. Artisan Festival
The inaugural Brownsburg Artisan Festival is planned for June 17th 2017, to take place between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the village of Brownsburg, VA. The Brownsburg Community Association (BCA) recognizes that the surrounding countryside has numerous people producing homegrown and homemade products, arts, crafts and entertainment. The Brownsburg Artisan Festival will provide a venue to bring these folks together in a celebration of their talents. What better time than the week of the Summer solstice! The BCA invites you to join us in celebrating  with a display of your homemade and homegrown talents. Please come to the village on June 17th to show and sell your wares, and your crafts. There will be numerous food vendors and we will be scheduling local musicians/entertainers to make for a festive atmosphere. There is a nominal fee of $20 to reserve a booth space, to help defray the costs of sanitary facilities, advertising, and other set up expenses. We ask that all those that are setting up arrive no earlier than 8 a.m. be in-place by 9:30 a.m. Refreshments for vendors and craftspeople will be available beginning at 9 a.m. provided by local churches. Most of the vendors will be situated on the grass behind the post office, with overflow spaces in driveways, other grassy areas, and porches. We want to include as many local artisans as possible, and ask that you spread the word to those we may have missed. The list so far includes:  Lavender Fields at Tantivy,  Wade’s Mill, Ridge Valley Alpacas, The Herbery, Maddie’s Dog Treats, Jump Mountain Vineyard, Artist Evan Atkins, Artist Sarah Carter, Photographer Gail MacCleod, Beautiful Things woodworking, Back Room Pottery, Hearthstone Farm Baked Goods, Pettijohn’s Chestnut products, Joan Whitesell Produce, Rockbridge Photography, Mountain View Greenhouse, Jason Moore Woodworking, Tracy Smith Oliver Produce, Morley Ridge Hay. Musical entertainment provided by the Cash Family from Greenville in afternoon and Adam and Muffin Pantaze in the morning. Food will be  provided by Asbury Methodist Church, Rockbridge Baths VFD Chicken and Kind Roots from Lexington.
If you choose, we also encourage you to allocate some time to demonstrate your art either at your spot or on a stage.
To reserve a space contact Brian Ross at or by snail mail at Brownsburg, USA Artisan Festival, 1350 Decatur Rd., Fairfield, VA 24435 by May 1st , 2017. For more information call 540-460-4755.
information soon on the Run of the Mill 5K to be held November 4, 2017.

Event:                   First Annual “Run of the Mill” 5km Race

What:                    5km road race and 0.5 mile kids Fun Run

Where:                 Road race starting in Historic Brownsburg, winding through the countryside and ending at historic Wade’s Mill

When:                  November 4, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.  in Brownsburg

Why:                     Fund raising event for the BCA to provide scholarships and assistance to individuals and groups throughout Rockbridge County.

Museum Opens for 2017 Season
‘The Brownsburg Museum will reopen on April 2 at 1:00 pm.  Admission is FREE!  The current exhibit GRAIN INTO GOLD-Milling and Distilling in the Dividing Waters is featured.  It portrays the industries that supported the agricultural communities during the 19th century in the Upper Shenandoah Valley.  This area, known as “The Bread Basket of the South” is where the rivers divide, some flowing to the Delaware Bay and some to the Potomac River.  The exhibit was curated by Nancy Sorrells, an Augusta County historian, and Ken Koons, a professor of history at VMI.  Light refreshments will be served  and a personalized, guided overview of the exhibit is offered.  Gift copies of the museum’s book, THE FIRST AND THE LAST, describing community life during the Civil War, will be available to early guests.  Concurrently, tours of the historic, water-powered Wades Mill will be available.”
The Brownsburg Museum is open Saturdays from 10:00-4:00 and Sundays from 1:00-4:00 through November.  Admission is free.  Donations are welcomed.















The Historic Lexington Foundation (HLF) will present its Founders Award to the Brownsburg  Museum at its annual meeting at nearby New Providence Church on April 8.  This annual award recognizes organizations and individual making significant contribution to the preservation of local culture and history.  In the twenty plus years of the Founder’s Award, this is only the second selection outside of Lexington municipality!  This indicates a growing recognition of the quality of the village museum.  The event includes a briefing on the history of the church, refreshments and an operating tour at Wades Mill and a visit to the museum with the opportunity to meet the exhibit curators.