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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|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 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|
| Wedding|| October 11|
| Wedding|| October 18|
| Wedding|| October 19|
| Christmas Open House|| December 6,7,13,14|
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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 6||Free|
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|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. |