Welcome To
The Amherst County Museum And Historical Society!

154 South Main St - PO Box 741
Amherst, VA 24521
434-946-9068

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

When planning a visit please call ahead for your convenience.

Please note that the Museum is usually closed on the Saturday of a holiday weekend.

Upcoming Events...

Sunday, September 21 at 2 p.m. - Free Cemetery Tour. This tour will include three Madison Heights cemeteries, Scott Zion Baptist, Meade Memorial and Beth Joseph Agudath Sholom. Tour begins promptly at 2 p.m. starting at Scott Zion Cemetery. Amherst County High School students will portray several highlighted individuals.

Tuesday, October 21 at 10 a.m. - Card Party Luncheon - $10 per person, card game of your choice. Reserve you seat by October 14.

Saturday, October 25 at 9 a.m. - Lowesvill - Woodson area Van Tour. $15.00 Fee. This tour features Hughes' Buggy Works, Woodson area and Camp Little Cross Roads. Reserve you seat by Friday, October 17 by calling 434-946-9068. Bring a drink and snack. Tour leaves from Amherst County Administration parking lot.

Please contact the Museum for further information about any events.

  • 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. Constantly updated so please check back often.
  • We have a Facebook group!
  • The Muse: April 2014 (Our newsletter)
  • See our growing catalog on LibraryThing (an external site).
  • 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 2013 cemetery tour, click here.


  • Mission

    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 17 Jul 2014