In 2004, the Clarke County Historical Association began planning a new and exciting museum experience for visitors to our headquarters in Berryville. On November 19, 2009, the vision of our late president, Roger Chavez, became a reality.
Designed around the unifying theme “Our Land Is Our Legacy,” the new museum exhibits, specially commissioned art work, and state-of-the-art audio/video displays allow us to share our collection in a way that is both educational and entertaining.
Artifacts on display in the museum’s three rooms include the money chest from Thomas, Sixth Lord Fairfax’s Greenway Court land office, a pistol carried by a member of Company D, 6th Virginia Cavalry (the “Clarke Cavalry”) during the Civil War, a Chinese punch basin that once belonged to 18th century plantation owner Nathaniel Burwell, racing silks from Audley Farm, and a former slave’s corn-cutting knife from a home in Josephine City.
Two of the rooms also feature extraordinary films that combine historical photographs, contemporary footage, and the art of noted illustrator Richard Schlecht to tell a panoramic story of the pre- and early history of Clarke County and of the county’s continuing efforts to preserve a unique and land-based way of life.