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Museum Re-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 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.
April 30, 2016 Historic Garden Week:  Lexington
Take the opportunity to explore Brownsburg and surrounding countryside during the Lexington Garden Club’s Historic Garden Week offering on April 30 form 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.   Several homes, gardens and wineries are open for touring and tasting during the day.  Pre-sale tickets are available at Hamilton and Robbins in Lexington for $25, day of the tour tickets are available at any of the homes for $30.  See link below for details of the tour.

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.

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Christmas in the Country Tour of Homes

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The BCA Board of Directors is extremely pleased with the results of our “Christmas in the Country” fundraiser. 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 above 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.

Brownsburg  Annual Picnic

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Halloween in Brownsburg–every Halloween tiny ghouls and goblins roam the streets in search of treats…no tricks, these costumed characters are are way too cute for tricks.

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