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

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.

***Please note - Due to the weather the two events scheduled for Saturday, February 28, have now been postponed to Saturday, March 7.***

-Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 1:30 PM in the Hamble Center, AGAR will present videos about the Amherst County Schools during the first three quarters of the 20th century.

-Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 2:45 PM in the Museum House, Genealogy workshop, hands on experience to learn how to do Amherst research locally and online.

Pre-registration for the Genealogy workshop is advised.

-Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 1:00 PM, Creating The Maps - Amherst and Nelson County Land Patents and Grants.  Michael Crabill will talk about creating the maps.  Come meet the artist and learn about the detail that went into these pieces of art.

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

Open and free 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."

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.


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

Please note that staffing limits do not provide extended time to do research over the phone. For research inquiries, please consult our research request page first. (Please note that this is not a free service.) .

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

To contact us by email: For research inquiries, please consult our research request page first. (Please note that this is not a free service.) 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 21 Feb 2015