Welcome To
The Amherst County Museum And Historical Society
154 South Main St - PO Box 741
Amherst, VA 24521

Museum hours: 10 AM to 4 PM (may be closed noon to 1 PM) Tuesday through Friday. Saturday 10 AM to 1 PM

We will be closed Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, 2015 for Easter weekend.

When planning a visit please call ahead for your convenience.

The Museum is usually closed on the Saturday of a holiday weekend.


Upcoming Events...

Please contact the Museum for further information about any events.

Civil War Encampment, Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015 on the lawn at ACMHS

Free and open to the public. The weekend will include music, talks, presentations, readings, a Civil War Sunday Service and a showing of the Emmy Award winning film

"Hunter's Raid, The Battle for Lynchburg, Defending Hearth & Home."

For the complete schedule, click here: Civil War Weekend Schedule.pdf

Re-enactors are welcome and will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday April 18, and breakfast and lunch on April 19. Re-enactors please confirm with Octavia Starbuck, Director, ACMHS, as soon as possible, either by phone, 434-946-9068 or email, staff@amherstcountymuseum.org. Final count is needed by April 7, 2015.


-Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 11:00 AM, Annual Membership Meeting.  Our annual meeting will be held at Riverview Farm, Amherst, VA and will include lunch and a tour of the river.

This event is for Museum members only.  $15.00 fee for lunch.  RSVP 434-946-9068


- Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 2:30 PM, Let's Play Croquet.  Play an old fashion game of Croquet on the lawn of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 332 South Main St., Amherst.

 Refreshments of lemonade and cookies will be served.  Free and open to the public.


Gravestone Inscriptions in Amherst County, our new digital publication, is available. It updates information from the 1999 edition and adds new information with GPS coordinates.

We have a Facebook group!

The Muse: September 2014 (Our newsletter)

See more items of general interest and some of our digitized collections.

Did you miss Cliff Ambers' presentation on heritage grapes in central Virginia and Amherst County? Thanks to Cliff for permission to make it available here.

If you'd like a copy of the brochure for the 2014 cemetery tour, please call the Museum 434-946-9068.



Founded in 1976, the Amherst County Museum & Historical Society collects and preserves the heritage of Amherst County, VA.

The mission of the Amherst County Museum & Historical Society is to discover, collect and preserve objects related to the history and genealogy of Amherst County. The Museum & Historical Society shall exhibit, interpret and offer those collections to provide educational experiences for people of all ages.

To contact us by phone: (434) 946-9068

Due to staffing limits we are unable to spend an extended amount of time to do research over the phone. For research inquiries, please consult our research request page first. (Please note that there is a fee for this service.) .

To contact us by mail: P.O. Box 741, Amherst, VA 24521

To contact us by email: staff@amherstcountymuseum.org.


The Amherst County Museum & Historical Society is a private non-profit and is supported by memberships and donations. You can support us by making donations or registering with Shop for Museums when you do your online shopping!

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Updated 27 Mar 2015