By Appointment Only


Physical Location: 32 East Main Street,

Berryville, VA 22611

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 306, Berryville, VA 22611






Because our research library is small and to allow for safe social distancing, researchers who want to use visit us on-site must schedule an appointment in advance with our Archivist, Melanie Garvey. She can be reached at archives@clarkehistory.org or by calling 540-955-2600.

Check out our "Mystery in the the Archives" blog, with posts every Friday about a unique bit of Clarke County History. Find our blog by clicking here!

The Clarke County Historical Association boasts an extensive collection of documents and memorabilia acquired over many years, often donated by generous local residents. Church and burial records, historical photographs, newspaper files, maps, drawings, and other material create a rich resource for those researching local history and genealogy.

Our goal is to make our archive as accessible as possible to researchers. The library provides broadband access to the Internet as well as a microfilm reader and copying facilities. Researchers can also call upon the extensive knowledge of our archivist, Melanie Garvey.

A large portion of our archives is available to search online. Hosted by PastPerfect Online, this site allows you to view detailed descriptions of documents as well as view thousands of photographs from our collection. 

online publication library

Want to read more about Clarke’s rich history?  Now you can from anywhere!  We have a wide range of digitized publications from our Archives available to read online at no cost.  These publications include ledgers, high school yearbooks, church records, past issues of our annual publication Proceedings, and more.  Click the button below to visit our digital publication page, and be sure to check back often as we add more content!




 In 2017, the front room of the Clarke County Historical Association's museum in downtown Berryville was turned into a temporary exhibit space to allow for more of our historic collection to be on display throughout the year. Each exhibit in this space explores a different historic theme to Clarke County with images and artifacts drawn almost exclusively from CCHA.

Coming in late spring, 2021:

30 Years of Art at the Mill Exhibition

Thirty years ago, a small group of artists came together and worked with the Clarke County Historical Association on a weekend-long art show at the Burwell-Morgan Mill. Since then, Art at the Mill has grown to become one of the most unique art shows in the region. 30 Years of Art at the Mill celebrates the history of this unique show with photographs, flyers, t-shirts, buttons, and more from the past three decades.  


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,” museum displays, 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 two rooms include the money chest from the Greenway Court land office of Thomas, sixth Lord Fairfax; 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.

Education resources

Book a Tour: Have a school group and want to book a tour?

Have a large group and want to book a tour?

Book a Program: Would your school/home like to book an educational program? We have two options! One for in school/ in-home traveling museum or a program that is done directly at the museum.



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