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Address: Ferrum College, Route 40 West, Ferrum, VA 24088-9000
Phone Number: 540-365-4416
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Museum managed by Ferrum College in Virginia that displays a...
Museum managed by Ferrum College in Virginia that displays a treasure-trove of historic photographs, music, documents, and artifacts relevant to folklore of southwestern Virginia.
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If you come to the BRI in the summer, you can tour the farm museum. It's only open on the weekend, but if you come in the afternoons, you might even get to sample some fresh... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

If you come to the BRI in the summer, you can tour the farm museum. It's only open on the weekend, but if you come in the afternoons, you might even get to sample some fresh baked bread done in the brick oven! You can see animals and crafts from the 1800's.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This event is put on each year on the last Saturday of October, 10:00 to 5:00. As festivals go, this is our all-time favorite. We go every year if the weather is decent. It is all about the flavor of Appalachian life as it was years ago and still is today. There are many old-timey crafts exhibited--actually being done on... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a very small museum with only two little galleries and a farm. On the day we visited one of the galleries was closed. The one open was only poster boards talking about the history and famous families of blue grass music. On the tv was music and shows. It was a bit underwhelming. Unfortunately, the other gallery was... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Do not go out of your way for this. Well done, but small and not worth going out of the way. If you're in town: sure...stop by...maybe. If you want to read some small displays on the local music that sprung up years ago: they have put together beautiful summaries on the big-name families that got it going. But in... More 

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Yorktown, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

When the Blue Ridge Institute is open, it is well worth while for a visit. The staff do a great job showing what an early American working farm was like.

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Martinsville, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

a stop on the "Crooked Trail", the BRI features old tools, instruments, quilts, and more. New shows keep the place interesting. Unique gift shop.

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

If you are looking for a folksy true-to-the-region museum, this is it. I have seen exhibits ranging from moonshine, Appalachian musical instruments, to rock and roll, to name a few. A great addition to the Crooked Road.

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

Like the live theatre on college grounds, and the yearly festival with antique autos, quilts and other hobby,s.Flat dancing, long horn steer,chickens,sheep etc..

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Address: Ferrum College, Route 40 West, Ferrum, VA 24088-9000
Phone Number: 540-365-4416
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Ferrum

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