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Address: Ferrum College, Route 40 West, Ferrum, VA 24088-9000
Phone Number: +1 540-365-4416
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Museum managed by Ferrum College in Virginia that displays a treasure-trove...

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 bubblesReviewed April 22, 2015
Tangwystel
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Ferrum, Virginia
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Ferrum, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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Yorktown, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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