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Southwest Virginia Museum (SW)

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A National Historic Landmark, the Southwest Virginia Museum is in an 1890s Victorian stone mansion with original oak interior. The museum's collection includes more than 25,000 pieces and state of the art exhibits telling the story of the exploration and development of Southwest Virginia from the pioneer era of the 1700s to the mining "boom and bust" era of the late 1800s. The museum also offers many interpretive and special events. The gift shop features unique items representative of the area's history and crafts made by regional artisans. The park offers facilities for meetings, weddings and other special occasions, and the charming Poplar Hill Cottage is available for overnight guests.

10 West First St., Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

Latitude: 36.863332, Longitude: -82.779592

Heart of Appalachia

Stitch in Time Quilt Show, April. Gathering in the Gap Music Festival, May. Hoots 'n' Haints, October. Festival of Trees, Mid-November - December 31.