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New Museum Exhibit Opens May 14, 2016

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.


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.

Christmas in the Country Tour of Homes

Thanks to all who spent a beautiful weekend in December exploring Brownsburg, Virginia.   As a fundraiser, it was very successful, with more than 500 tickets sold! We had presold about 350 tickets, but the gorgeous weather brought out more “tourists” on Saturday and Sunday. We actually sold more tickets on Sunday than Saturday, probably because the word got out that the tour was really exceptional. The street was full of visitors enjoying the village homes decorated for the season.

Members of the Rockbridge Choral Society strolled the streets both days and provided Christmas music for the crowds. Most folks stopped by the Nicholas Springs Tavern for a cup of cider and cookies. The Museum was open and offered shopping opportunities. Nearby special activities included the Open Barn at Ridge Valley Alpacas, music at New Providence, and children’s violin performances at Asbury Church.

The pictures below give you just a glimpse of what went on at the tour (in addition to the open houses). This great weekend would never have been possible without our many, many volunteers. There was an amazing sense of volunteerism exhibited by the entire Brownsburg community. Our best guess is that more than 80 community members volunteered in some way. This many individuals combining their talents and time to make a community event a success is really remarkable.

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If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit the current Civil War Exhibit (see below) you still have time.  The Exhibit will run through November and will be open for the last time on December 12 and 13 in conjunction with the Brownsburg Christmas Homes Tour.


The Brownsburg Museum will open for the 2015 season on April 4 at 10:00.  Museum hours are Saturday 10-4; Sunday 1-4.  Additional hours are available by appointment. This will be the last season of the Civil War Exhibit coinciding with the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Confederate surrender at Appomattox in April.

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September 11th, 2014  “Thunder In The Valley”  re-enactors  descended on Brownsburg, as Gen. McCausland led  his Calvary  along Rocky Lane and skirmished through Brownsburg and camped in the middle of town. Visitors walked through the camp where cooking, live music, and where families of the Calvary were on hand, all in period dress. The Brownsburg Museum continues to provide the excellent exhibit “Civil War Brownsburg” can be seen.  Free Admission.

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Olin Bare, one of the event organizers, noted that planning for “Thunder in the Valley” has been going on for three years.  He was very grateful to the community for the warm welcome given to the re-enactors, and expressed special appreciation to West Airslie Farm for allowing the troops access to the farm when leaving Brownsburg enroute to Lexington.
To find out what really happened in Brownsburg in 1864, visit “Civil War: Brownsburg” at the Brownsburg Museum.  The Museum is also publishing a book, “First and Last to Pay the Price” which will be available at the Museum for $21.95.
September 21, 2014  Country Chic a great success.  The Brownsburg Community Association raises funds for community projects.  
If you were lucky enough to attend “Country Chic,” you’ll enjoy taking a look at a few of the photos taken by “official” photographer, Roberta Anderson.  And if you weren’t able to attend, the pictures will surely make you want to buy a ticket next time!

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The BCA Board of Directors thanks everyone who helped make “Country Chic” a success.  We consider it a success not just because we made money for the BCA that we can use to better our community; it was also just a great time for neighbors to get together and enjoy each other.
Christmas Tree Lighting 2014:  Rockefeller Plaza’s tree might be a little bigger, and the White house tree might have more lights, but the Brownsburg Christmas tree this year is pretty special.  Many thanks to Roger and Sharyn Billings (Ridge Road Ranch Christmas Trees) for their donation of a 10′ white pine (it seems bigger…….)

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Asbury Methodist Church graciously hosted the “indoor tree lighting” to celebrate the start of the holiday season. We enjoyed caroling (led by Sharyn Billings and accompanied by Aggie Sterrett on the piano), cookies, cider and a surprise visit from one of Santa’s helpers, Lew Manhart, who talked with the children about the real meaning of Christmas, and then dispensed gifts and much good cheer.