Location: 101 Shenandoah Avenue
Roanoke, Virginia
Date: Friday, October 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $4/person (adult and student) Children aged three and under are free.

O. Winston Link & History Museum of Western Virginia

An HEAV-Sponsored Event

Come explore local history at the O. Winston Link and History Museum of Western Virginia!

The O. Winston Link Museum collection comprises the striking photographic and auditory works developed by famed railroad photographer and artist O. Winston Link between 1955 and 1960.

The History Museum of Western Virginia collection comprises the largest repository of material devoted to tracing human history of Western Virginia, a story that reaches to our roots as a commonwealth and a nation. Here are just a few of the notable objects you’ll find:

  • A rare example of “Rawrenoke” beads from which the city later took its name
  • Collection of stone axes and projectile points
  • Thomas Jefferson’s letter describing his scientific observations on a visit to the Peaks of Otter
  • A land grant deed signed by Thomas Jefferson
  • A desk, books and complete set of medical implements used by local surgeon/soldier Col. William Fleming, who led regiments in the state militia before and during the Revolution
  • Lithograph of the Peaks of Otter by noted German romantic artist, Edward Beyer, created during his sojourn in Virginia during the mid-1850s
  • The “carte de visite” of Robert E. Lee
  • A Victorian-era horse-drawn buggy
  • Objects representing theaters and cultural life of this era
  • Marstellar carved stone cabin replica displayed at the Jamestown Exposition of 1907
  • Much, much more!

More Information: Get more information about the museum and the historical society on the website.

Directions: Get Google directions here.

The Museum is located on Shenandoah Avenue across from Hotel Roanoke in the historic Roanoke Passenger Station.
If you are traveling south on 581, take the Downtown Exit and it will lead right to the Museum.
If you are traveling north on 581, take the Orange Avenue exit and follow the signs to downtown/Link Museum.