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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.


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Avoca Museum

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


New program for school children: "For Gold & Glory"

Our Shops:


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 19, 2014 – October 31, 2014)


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 2014

 *** 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.


 Event Date
Presentation: Antebellum African-American Burial Customs February 8 @ 1 PM
Presentation: Juliet Fauntleroy & Changing Women's Roles in the 20th Century March 8 @ 1 PM
 Wedding March 29
Presentation: Gen. James Dearing April 1 @ 7 PM
 Town Appreciation Day (Slave Cemetery Presentation 11-12:15, Tours 12:30-3:30) - Free Admission April 19
 Wedding April 26
 Jane Andrews Student Event Day May 6
 Mother's Day Tea May 11
 Wedding May 17
 Wedding May 23
 Private Function May 24
 Wedding May 31
 Made in the Shade Craft Beer Festival June 14
 Wedding June 21
 Wedding June 28
 Wedding July 6
 Wedding July 19
 Wedding August 2
 Wedding August 9
 Wedding August 23
 Private Event August 30
 Wedding September 6
 Wedding September 13
 Harvest Jubilee & Wine Festival September 20
 Wedding September 27
 Wine Festival (rain date) October 4
 Night at the Museum October 9
 Wedding October 11
 Wedding October 18
 Wedding October 19
 Moonlight Masquerade October 25
 Christmas Open House December 6,7,13,14
 Private Event December 27




Take the Northernmost exit to Altavista from Route 29 (there are 4 exits).
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  • 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 6Free
Time Travelers: 
AAA Members10% 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.



Our Mission

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. 
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