• Closed on Mondays

    Sep 24, 2014
    The History Museum will be closed on Mondays October through April. The museum will still be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5 and on Sundays from 1 to 5.

  • Virtual Haunted Tour

    Sep 22, 2014
    Throughout October the History Museum will be hosting a "Virtual Haunted Tour" on our blog. Each post will feature a different spooky story or place in our region.

  • Thank You

    Sep 22, 2014
    Thank You to everyone who came out and supported The History Museum of Western Virginia and the O.Winston Link Museum on Friday! To view photos from the event please visit:

  • Tasting Western Virginia

    Aug 29, 2014
    Throughout September the History Museum's blog will feature traditional recipes from Western Virginia found in "The New Blue Ridge Cookbook". Each week we will be attempting to create a new dish and posting our experiences and the recipes. Make sure you check back periodically to see what we've got cooking!


  • 2014 Fall Bus Tour-Canceled

    Oct 22, 2014
    The Fall 2014 Bus Tour to Leesburg has been canceled. For more information please contact the History Museum at 342-5770.

  • Taste of History: Whiskey and Moonshine Tasting

    Oct 25, 2014
    Appalachia is well known for its moonshine! Join the History Museum of Western Virginia for a tasting with Appalachian Mountain Spirits. Come learn about the regions rich history of distilling while tasting whiskey and moonshines. Appalachian Mountain Spirits is a two time award winning distillery, located in Marion, Virginia. Space is limited! Advanced tickets $10 or at door tickets $15 (subject to availability).

    1:00pm, 1:45pm, and 2:30pm

  • Kegley Lecture Series: Turk McCleskey

    7:00pm - Oct 28, 2014
    Turk McCleskey will speak on his new book, The Road to Black Ned's Forge.

    Hosted at Christ Lutheran Church:
    2011 Brandon Ave, Roanoke, VA 24015

  • First Thursday Lunch Box Lecture: Peter Givens

    12:00pm - Nov 6, 2014
    Peter Givens, interpretive specialist on the Blue Ridge Parkway, will talk about the 79-year-old scenic drive at a First Thursday Lunch Box Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 6 at noon on the second floor of Center in the Square. Givens, a frequent speaker at Parkway events, will retire in December after 39 years of work with the National Park Service. He also is an adjunct professor at Virginia Western Community College.

    Lectures are $10 for
    members of the History Museum of Western Virginia and $15 for nonmembers.

    Price include lunch and lecture.
    *reservations encouraged

  • Jane Stuart Smith Exhibit Opening

    2:00pm - Nov 13, 2014
    Join the Virtual Museum and Digital Library for the opening of an exhibit featuring Miss Jane Stuart Smith.

    Opening remarks by Scott Williamson, General and Artistic Director, Opera Roanoke

    Hosted at the History Museum of Western Virginia.
    One Market Square, SE, Third Floor.

  • Kegley Lecture Series: Mike Rucker

    7:00pm - Nov 18, 2014
    Mike Rucker, a Fredericksburg native and Virginia Tech graduate, wrote Bridge Burner, about Major Rucker, a slave owner and doctor who practiced law in Lewisburg, W. Va., after the war. He led Union troops to burn the Cowpasture bridge of Virginia Central Railroad and later was a scout for the burning of the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad bridge at Radford. In the early months of the war, Major Rucker became one of the most despised individuals in the South, Mike Rucker said.

    Hosted at Christ Lutheran Church:
    2011 Brandon Ave, Roanoke, VA 24015

    Please Note: This lecture is on the 3rd Tuesday of this month.