Avoca, the principal architectural landmark of the Town of Altavista, is an American Queen Anne-style house, designed by architect J.M.B. Lewis and built in 1901. Designated a Virginia Historic Landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Avoca is the home site of Revolutionary Patriot Colonel Charles Lynch.
|Christmas Open House at Avoca |
December 7 (11 AM - 5 PM) *
December 8 (1 PM - 5 PM) **
December 14 (11 AM - 5 PM)
December 15 (1 PM - 5 PM)
* - with special guest, Santa Claus (from 1-4)
** - The Christmas Open House event scheduled for Sunday is cancelled due to icy weather. However, we invite you to visit our Open House events on Saturday and Sunday of next weekend.
|The current house celebrated its centennial in 2001 with a year-long celebration. It is open to the public for tours from mid-April through the last Friday in October each year. |
The house contains a unique collection of local antiques, including Native American artifacts and Civil War memorabilia. Avoca also hosts an annual wine festival in late September.
The house is an excellent example of 19th Century American Queen Anne architecture. The property was given to the Town in 1981 and is operated by the non-profit Avoca Museum and Historical Society
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|New program for school children: "For Gold & Glory" |
Visit our Online Museum Gift Shop for artwork and unique gifts from our on-site gift shop.
Visit our new Avoca Cafe Shop for shirts, mugs, caps and other Avoca souvenirs.
Hours of operation: (April 21, 2013 – October 25, 2013)
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
(Call on Saturday to be sure we are not closed for a private function)
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Open year round for rentals and group tours (10 or more)
Closures for 2013
*** The Museum may be closed at other times due to rentals for private functions. You may want to call (434) 369-1076 to confirm opening.
| Date || Event |
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| April 20|| Wedding|
| April 27|| Wedding|
| May 11|| Wedding|
| May 19|| Wedding |
| May 25|| Wedding|
| June 1|| Wedding|
| June 2|| Restatement of vows|
| June 15|| Wedding|
| June 22 || Microbrewery Fest.|
| July 6|| "Gathering @Avoca"|
| July 20|| Wedding|
| July 21|| Private Function|
| August 3|| Private Function|
| August 10|| Wedding|
| August 17|| Private Function|
| August 24|| Wedding|
| August 25|| Wedding|
|August 31|| Wedding|
|September 1|| Wedding|
|September 7|| Wedding|
|September 14|| Wedding|
|September 21|| Wine Festival|
|September 28|| Wedding|
|September 29|| Private Function|
| October 5|| Wedding|
| October 12|| Private Rental--tent.|
| October 19|| Wedding|
| November 16|| Private Function|
| December 10|| Luncheon|
| 2014|| |
|April 19||Town Appreciation Day (Free Museum Admission)|
|April 26|| Wedding|
|May 3|| Wedding|
|June 7|| Wedding|
|June 21|| Wedding|
|June 28|| Wedding|
|June 29|| Wedding|
|July 26|| Wedding|
|September 6|| Wedding|
|September 20|| Wine Festival|
|September 27|| Wedding|
|October 4|| Wine Festival (Rain Date)|
|October 11|| Wedding|
|October 18|| Wedding|
Take the Northernmost exit to Altavista from Route 29 (there are 4 exits).
See Yahoo Map
- At the end of the exit ramp take Route 29 Business. (It will be a right turn if coming from the south and a left turn if coming from the north).
- Go approximately 1 mile and Avoca is on the right side immediately after the Abbott (Ross) Laboratories manufacturing plant.
| Under age 18||$2.00|
| Under age 6||Free|
|Time Travelers:|| |
|AAA Members||10% discount|
Private Tours: 10 or more people by appointment, year 'round.
You are encouraged to call prior to visiting as the Museum occasionally closes for private rentals.
|The museum's mission is to promote awareness and facilitate understanding of American history, especially as it relates to local and Virginia natural and cultural history. It maintains a collection of Native American artifacts and Confederate memorabilia. |