Highland Historical Society End of Season Update

Hello, this is Lori Botkin with the Highland Historical Society.  Fall is here and that means the end of another season for the Highland Museum.   We will be closing October 30.

If you haven’t had a chance to see the current exhibits, Early Furniture in Highland County or the Jones – McCoy Collection, they will be closing permanently on October 30.   The furniture exhibit contains pieces made by early Highland residents or used in early Highland homes.  Most of the pieces are on loan from descendants of Highland families.  The Jones-McCoy exhibit is a collection of items found in the Mary Hille and Elizabeth McCoy house in Monterey.  This was the second exhibit from this collection.  This exhibit is a time capsule of a prominent Highland family from the mid-1800’s until 2015, when Mary Hille moved from the home.  The house in Monterey is in process of renovation and will be opened as a museum in the future.

Our permanent exhibits, Uniquely Highland and War in the Highlands, have had a facelift this year.  So, if you haven’t been in to see them recently, you are in for a surprise.   Our McDowell Battlefield Orientation Center is now War in the Highlands – Highland County in the Civil War.  This exhibit not only covers the Battle of McDowell, but also African-Americans in Highland and the effect of disease on Highlanders during this period.  Uniquely Highland has moved to the front of the museum and includes an extended Tol’able David movie display, including items from the 1920’s.  This exhibit also includes information on the Staunton to Parkersburg Turnpike, Fort George and other local history.

We are open by appointment during the winter, with only our permanent exhibits available.  If you have visitors from out of town, or just want to come in, please email or give me a call.  Email is highlandhist@mgwnet.com or the phone number is 540-396-4478 or find us on the web at www.highlandcountyhistory.com

We have two new exhibits planned for 2022 and we’ll have more details about them in February.  We will open the first weekend of Maple Festival in the spring.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we will see you in March.

This is Lori Botkin for Allegheny Mountain Radio.

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Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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