606 West Stuart Dr.
Galax, VA 24333
a glimpse of life in twin counties over the decades, visit our
museum which is located in the City of Galax. Enjoy collections
of Civil War veterans of the area. See over 10,000 pieces of
local Native American artifacts, donated by Jeff Matthews and
his family -with audio available about the collection. Many
items honor Kylene Barker, who was the first Virginia contestant
to win the title of Miss America (1978). See the collection
of trophies of North American big game animals donated by Mr.
Glenn Pless. See two authentic restored cabins, originally built
about eight miles from Galax, near the New River.
Just off US HWY 58, on the outskirts of Galax, lies a traditional
two story white farmhouse, barns and out buildings known as
"MATTHEWS LIVING HISTORY FARM MUSEUM". The primary
objective of Matthews Farm Museum is to construct an authentic
1900 period farm, having volunteers to demonstrate the equipment,
crafts and techniques that were the way of life at the turn
of the century in Grayson County.
The inception of a living farm museum dates back to 1993, during
Grayson County's Bicentennial, when a group of local people
came together with the common goal of preserving the heritage
of Grayson County. They wanted something that would live beyond
the year's celebration. Judge Jack Matthews and his wife Claire,
who also had an interest in preserving the cultural heritage
of this area, donated the farm and twenty acres to the group
in 2001. The farm that is named for Judge Matthews is now known
as "MATTHEWS LIVING HISTORY FARM MUSEUM."
The museum includes two restored Appalachian log cabins furnished
with period items. Also, extensive collections of Civil War
photographs/memorabilia, Indian artifacts from the area, mounted
North American game animals.
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Phone: (540) 236-7874