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

Museum and Research Library Hours:

Tuesday through Friday - 10 AM to 4 PM

Saturday - by appointment only  (Appointments must be made by the Thursday before)

May be closed noon to 1 PM.

When planning a visit please call ahead for your convenience.

There is no fee for visiting the Museum, use of our Research Library or appointments.

In case of inclement weather the Museum will be closed if the schools are closed.


Upcoming Programs and Events...

Please contact the Museum for further information about any programs or events.

**All programs and events are subject to change.**

**Programs and events are free and open to the public except where a fee or restriction is noted.**


2018 Programs and Events:


- Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2:30 PM -
Black Herman: Famed Magician From Amherst County
Lynn Kable, President of Amherst Glebe Arts Response Inc., will share with us the story of Benjamin Rucker,
an Amherst County youth who became the apprentice to magician and "tonic" salesman Prince Herman. 
Learn how he continued after Prince Herman's death and became the famous magician known as "Black Herman". 
Light refreshments.
- Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 2:30 PM -
DAR Sponsored Genealogy Class - Beginning Genealogy
This class, conducted by the Museum Volunteer Genealogist and DAR member, Midge Elliott,
will explore the basics of genealogy research and documentation.
The class is sponsored by the Amherst Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution,
whose Registrar will be on hand to answer any questions for those interested in joining.
Space is limited, reservations required by Tuesday, March 20th, please call 434-946-9068
- Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 9:30 AM -
Rockmill Farm - From Tobacco and Milling to Hops and Agribusiness
We will meet at Rockmill Farm in Lowesville, (2704 Lowesville Road), for a tour,
including a visit to the Mill ruins, a history lesson, and a conversation on Hops. 
Carpooling will be available from the Museum.  Bag lunches welcome. 
Please call the Museum to register.
 - Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 2:30 PM-
Virginians in the Great War: at Home and Abroad
Dr. Lynn Rainville will explore the contributions of hundreds of thousands of Virginians during World War I.
Dr. Rainville is the author of the book Virginia and the Great War: Mobilization, Supply and Combat, 1914-1919.
Following the program she will be available for book signing.
Light refreshments.

We have a Facebook Page and a Facebook group!

The Muse: Fall 2017 (Our newsletter)

Our Mission

Founded in 1976, 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

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!


Updated 21 Feb 2018