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:

We have been given permission to post a link to the documentary on our website, so it should be available there soon as well.  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 Opens for 2018 Season
‘The Brownsburg Museum will reopen on April 1,2018 at 1:00 pm with a new exhibit.  Stay turned for details.
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 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.














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 for expedited ordering.