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 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.”
FOUNDERS AWARD
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(dickbarnes@embarqmail.com) or Paul Hahn (thehahns@embarqmail.com).

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 May 14, 2016 and continues through November 2017

Following the highly successful Civil War in Brownsburg Exhibit, the Brownsburg Community Association and the Museum Advisory Committee are excited to announce the opening of a new exhibit.  Curated by Ken Koons and Nancy Sorrells, scholars and experts in the field of Virginia mills and distilleries, this exhibit explores the integral role that grain farming, mills and distilleries played in the economic development of the Shenandoah Valley and more specifically Rockbridge County and adjacent counties.  Artifacts from area residents and regional museum collections are featured along with a narrative that brings this exhibit to life.

The Brownsburg Museum is open every Saturday from 10-4 and Sunday from 1-4 from April until the end of November.  Admission is free.  Donations are welcomed.

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A Reminder:  The First and the Last, a book relating the role of Brownsburg in the Civil War is available at the Brownsburg Museum, Old South Antiques in Brownsburg, or by mail. The cost is $21.95 plus a $5.00 shipping charge.  The address is BCA, PO Box 82, Brownsburg, Va 24415 or contact Dick Barnes at DickBarnes@embarqmail.com for expedited ordering.