Brownsburg Museum


Big things come in small packages. We take that to heart at the Brownsburg Museum. So why not take a little side trip to visit this historic village and community-run museum the Lexington News-Gazette deemed, “first class.”

Brownsburg Museum

Numerous irreplaceable articles have been entrusted to the BCA with the expectation that the association will be able to preserve, catalog, and display them for the purpose of informing and educating future generations.

The mission of the Brownsburg Museum shall be to establish and maintain a museum to house and exhibit a permanent collection of 18th, 19th, and 20th century regional memorabilia, and to provide space for collections on loan, for the purpose of enjoyment and education of the general public and the rural communities of the Valley of Virginia.

 Brownsburg Village Sign

Museum Documentary Completed

The three W&L students working on a documentary of the Brownsburg Museum for their Cross-Cultural Documentary Filmmaking class have completed the project.  Connor Chess, Witt Hawkins and Powell Robinson sent us the following link so that we can share the documentary with you:

Connor, Witt and Powell were very grateful for the community support they received, particularly from Paul and Nancy Hahn, Dick Barnes, and John Siegfried.  They wrote “Again, our sincerest thanks for your help, your support, and for the opportunity to focus our project on such a hidden gem only 20 minutes from W&L.  It was a pleasure working with you and learning about the history of Brownsburg.”

Museum 2019 Season opens April 6, 2019

The Brownsburg Museum will continue to celebrate  10 years of operation  with the continuing exhibit, “With Their Hands-Crafted in Rockbridge and Augusta Counties 1750-1900”.  Opening April 6 at 10:00, the new exhibit features stoneware, textiles, paintings, metal ware and furniture items.  Many are from private collections and have never been made available for public viewing.  Admission to the Brownsburg Museum is free.
The Historic Lexington Foundation (HLF) will present its Founders Award to the Brownsburg  Museum at its annual meeting to be held 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.  HLF has made this award for at least twenty years and this is only the second selection outside of Lexington municipality!  This indicates a growing recognition of the quality of the village museum.  This event will include 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.

Friends of the Museum

The Brownsburg Museum’s Advisory Committee (MAC) has recently launched a “Friends of the Museum” fundraising campaign to fully fund an endowment that will cover annual operating costs of the Museum.  Endowment funds have been raised to 75% of the goal of $132,000 and the Museum Advisory Committee is hopeful that the campaign launched on October 9 will raise the remaining $30,000 by the end of the year.

Pledges over a period of up to five years (2016-2020) are possible and encouraged.  If you would like to become a Friend of the Museum, mail your contribution for the Museum’s Endowment Fund to P.O. Box 82, Brownsburg, VA  24415.  Questions?  Email Dick Barnes( or Paul Hahn (

Levels of giving are as follows:

 Supporter ($500-$999)

FOM Supporters receive a discount on books and calendars, and advance notice of special events.

 Benefactor ($1,000-$2,499)

FOM Benefactors receive Supporter benefits plus a preview of new exhibits.

 Patron ($2,500 and above)

FOM Patrons will receive all Benefactor benefits plus private Museum access for small groups.

New Museum Exhibit Opens April 14, 2018 and continues through November 2019