• Fantasyland Opens Nov. 27

    Nov 17, 2015
    Fantasyland, complete with Santa Claus and other holiday characters, will run Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 27-Dec. 23 at the Roanoke Valley History Museum in Center in the Square, Downtown Roanoke. Children can enjoy elves in their workshop, penguins in the Arctic snow, and reindeer displays. Children can listen to Santa tell stories, sing and play guitar and piano. Photographs are allowed. Fantasyland opens at...

  • New Visitor Services Coordinator

    Sep 29, 2015
    Lynsey Allie, a Roanoke native and a 2008 graduate of Roanoke College, has joined the History Museum of Western Virginia as Visitor Services Coordinator. Allie is currently completing a graduate degree in Archival Studies through Clayton State University in Georgia.

  • Appalachian History Talk Video

    Sep 25, 2015
    View a recording of talk by Peter Givens, retired interpretive specialist on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Givens, who teaches Appalachian history at Virginia Western Community College, discussed the history of Appalachia Sept. 23 in a lecture sponsored by the Historical Society of Western Virginia.

  • Historian Bud Robertson Talk Video

    Sep 22, 2015
    Author and historian Dr. James I. "Bud" Robertson and wife Betty (pictured) joined diners at the Center in the Square annual meeting Sept. 15. Robertson spoke on the period after the Civil War. The event featured the History Museum of Western Virginia. View his talk.


  • New!Talk on Fincastle story of love, betrayal and recipes

    12:00pm - Dec 2, 2015
    Gail McMillan and Jean Robbins will talk about their book, Dear Nannie..Yours Devotedly, Charlie, at a First Thursday lunch on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at noon, at the History Museum of Western Virginia in Center in the Square. The book is described as part love story, history, genealogy, culinary analysis and cookbook. The authors draw from journals, letters, diaries, newspaper articles and recipe books to tell the story of the Figgat and Godwin families of Fincastle in the mid-1800s, revealing how Charlie Figgat courted, married and betrayed Nannie.
    McMillan heads Digital Archives and Scholarly Research at Virginia Tech, and Robbins is retired from the university faculty. While digging in Fincastle and Botetourt history, they found such recipes as: To Pickle 100 lbs of Beef, Ham in Disguise, Confederate Sauce, Beef a la Mode, Laplands and Sally Lunn Tea Cakes. Reservations at 342-5770 are suggested.