Dec
1
1:00 PM13:00

Christmas Open House

Christmas at Avoca will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9 in the mansion and on the museum grounds. Each room of the Victorian home will be decorated by Avoca’s volunteers and members of the Altavista community. The event features musical entertainment, refreshments, visits by Santa, a bake sale and a silent auction with all proceeds benefitting Avoca Museum’s educational programs. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 11 and free for ages 5 and younger. Tickets are available at the museum gift shop the days of the event.

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Dec
2
1:00 PM13:00

Christmas Open House

Christmas at Avoca will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9 in the mansion and on the museum grounds. Each room of the Victorian home will be decorated by Avoca’s volunteers and members of the Altavista community. The event features musical entertainment, refreshments, visits by Santa, a bake sale and a silent auction with all proceeds benefitting Avoca Museum’s educational programs. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 11 and free for ages 5 and younger. Tickets are available at the museum gift shop the days of the event.

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Dec
8
1:00 PM13:00

Christmas Open House

Christmas at Avoca will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9 in the mansion and on the museum grounds. Each room of the Victorian home will be decorated by Avoca’s volunteers and members of the Altavista community. The event features musical entertainment, refreshments, visits by Santa, a bake sale and a silent auction with all proceeds benefitting Avoca Museum’s educational programs. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 11 and free for ages 5 and younger. Tickets are available at the museum gift shop the days of the event.

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Dec
9
1:00 PM13:00

Christmas Open House

Christmas at Avoca will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9 in the mansion and on the museum grounds. Each room of the Victorian home will be decorated by Avoca’s volunteers and members of the Altavista community. The event features musical entertainment, refreshments, visits by Santa, a bake sale and a silent auction with all proceeds benefitting Avoca Museum’s educational programs. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 11 and free for ages 5 and younger. Tickets are available at the museum gift shop the days of the event.

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Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

Members' Christmas Party

The Member’s Christmas Party will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10 in the Avoca mansion. The event includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, musical entertainment and the culmination of the silent auction, the proceeds of which benefit Avoca’s educational programs. Please RSVP by Monday, Dec. 3 by calling 434-369-1076, leaving a message if necessary.

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Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

The Volunteer Appreciation Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 , 6 p.m. in the parlor/music room of the Avoca mansion. The event will include a catered meal and the presentation of awards.Please RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 16 by calling 434-369-1076, leaving a message if necessary.

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Lantern Tours
Oct
20
6:00 PM18:00

Lantern Tours

It’s that time of year again! Join us here at Avoca Museum on October 19 and 20 for Night at the Museum Lantern Tours. This event has become a popular Altavista-area tradition. It’s a family-friendly, educational, and fun offering that’s FREE!

You will be led around the grounds and historic buildings of the old Avoca plantation by a lantern-bearing guide in period costume. Along the way, you will hear stories from actors and actresses portraying the people who made history on these very grounds! This year, you will hear the story of a Native American of the Saponi tribe tell the ways of his ancient people. Be among the first people in 200 years to learn the story of American spy John Wyatt who helped turn the tide of the American Revolution in favor of the Patriots. Then you will find out how former slave Sam Walker responded to emancipation following the Civil War. Finally, you will hear the tale of the last person to live in Avoca. These stories span a time period of over 250 years, but it will only take you one hour to tour. Don’t miss this interesting and entertaining family event!

All you have to do to get in on the fun is to register in advance by calling Avoca Museum at 434-369-1076. Tours are offered on Friday, October 19 at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00. Once you have registered in advance, remember to wear comfortable walking shoes and carry a small flashlight as visitors will be walking over slightly uneven ground at points. Also, Avoca Museum recommends that guests bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast. If it does rain on the evening of performances, all actors will be indoors but groups will step outside to travel from one building to another.

The museum’s Gift Shop will be open for shopping and cash concessions will be offered with proceeds going to benefit the museum’s education programs.

Remember, register in advance for your desired tour time at 434-369-1076. We hope to see you at the museum soon!

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Lantern Tours
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

Lantern Tours

It’s that time of year again! Join us here at Avoca Museum on October 19 and 20 for Night at the Museum Lantern Tours. This event has become a popular Altavista-area tradition. It’s a family-friendly, educational, and fun offering that’s FREE!

You will be led around the grounds and historic buildings of the old Avoca plantation by a lantern-bearing guide in period costume. Along the way, you will hear stories from actors and actresses portraying the people who made history on these very grounds! This year, you will hear the story of a Native American of the Saponi tribe tell the ways of his ancient people. Be among the first people in 200 years to learn the story of American spy John Wyatt who helped turn the tide of the American Revolution in favor of the Patriots. Then you will find out how former slave Sam Walker responded to emancipation following the Civil War. Finally, you will hear the tale of the last person to live in Avoca. These stories span a time period of over 250 years, but it will only take you one hour to tour. Don’t miss this interesting and entertaining family event!

All you have to do to get in on the fun is to register in advance by calling Avoca Museum at 434-369-1076. Tours are offered on Friday, October 19 at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00. Once you have registered in advance, remember to wear comfortable walking shoes and carry a small flashlight as visitors will be walking over slightly uneven ground at points. Also, Avoca Museum recommends that guests bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast. If it does rain on the evening of performances, all actors will be indoors but groups will step outside to travel from one building to another.

The museum’s Gift Shop will be open for shopping and cash concessions will be offered with proceeds going to benefit the museum’s education programs.

Remember, register in advance for your desired tour time at 434-369-1076. We hope to see you at the museum soon!

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19th Annual Harvest Jubilee & Wine Festival
Sep
29
12:00 PM12:00

19th Annual Harvest Jubilee & Wine Festival

Avoca Museum, 1514 Main St., Altavista, will hold its 19th annual Harvest Jubilee and Wine Festival from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29(rain date Oct. 6). The event will include wines from six area wineries, live music from Barefoot West and The Pete Turpin Band, local craft and merchandise vendors, food concessions, an adult-supervised bounce house and the annual Avoca bake sale. Tasting tickets are $15 in advance, available at the following locations: Altavista Chamber of Commerce, The Bank of the James (Altavista branch), First National Bank (Altavista branches) Miller’s Jewelry, Airabella Flowers and Gifts, Avoca Museum and online at www.avocamuseum.org/wine. Tickets are $20 at the gate (cash only). Non-tasting tickets are $10 for ages 12 and older, $5 for children ages 6 to 11 and free for children ages 5 and younger. No outside food or drinks or pets allowed. For more information, contact Theresa Boyes at (434) 369-1076 or avocaevents@embarqmail.com.

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Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

TGIF

An Altavista Chamber of Commerce event. There is no admission fee. The event will be located on the front lawn and include beer and wine sales, live music and food concessions. Valid ID is required for alcoholic beverage purchases. No coolers, pets, or outside food or beverages permitted. Please see their Facebook page for more details. Music by Eric Gress.

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Aug
7
6:00 PM18:00

Avoca Member's Picnic

Avoca Museum’s annual Member’s Potluck Picnic will be held from6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 7, on the front lawn of the Avoca mansion. Bring a favorite side dish or dessert to share. Fried chicken and beverages will be provided. In the event of foul weather or hot temperatures, the event will be held inside the house. Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 1 by calling 434-369-1076, leaving a message if necessary.

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Jul
27
6:00 PM18:00

TGIF

An Altavista Chamber of Commerce event. There is no admission fee. The event will be located on the front lawn and include beer and wine sales, live music and food concessions. Valid ID is required for alcoholic beverage purchases. No coolers, pets, or outside food or beverages permitted. Please see their Facebook page for more details. Musical Guest to be announced.

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Jul
7
3:00 PM15:00

Gathering At Avoca (Family Gathering)

Avoca Museum welcomes descendants of the Lynch, Dearing, and Ward families as well as the descendants of those who were enslaved at Avoca and Otterbourne Plantations.

This event will be held on July 7, 2018. It will feature a catered buffet-style lunch. Please call Avoca Museum for registration information.

The cost to attend is $20/person (with an additional $10 fee for those wishing to purchase t-shirts).

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Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

TGIF

An Altavista Chamber of Commerce event. There is no admission fee. The event will be located on the front lawn and include beer and wine sales, live music and food concessions. Valid ID is required for alcoholic beverage purchases. No coolers, pets, or outside food or beverages permitted. Please see their Facebook page for more details. Music by The Pete Turpin Band.

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May
25
6:00 PM18:00

TGIF

An Altavista Chamber of Commerce event. There is no admission fee. The event will be located on the front lawn and include beer and wine sales, live music and food concessions. Valid ID is required for alcoholic beverage purchases. No coolers, pets, or outside food or beverages permitted. Please see their Facebook page for more details. Open Mic Night hosted by Jodie Davis. 

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Mother's Day Tea
May
13
1:30 PM13:30

Mother's Day Tea

Treat Mom to a lovely afternoon of tea, refreshments, and socializing at Avoca. This event is free to all mothers and $5 for all other visitors.

Volunteers dressed in period clothing will be serving you and tours of the grounds and mansion are available. Don't miss this popular Mother's Day tradition!

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Town Appreciation Day (2018 Opening Day)
Apr
7
11:00 AM11:00

Town Appreciation Day (2018 Opening Day)

Bring your friends and family to help us celebrate the 2018 opening of Avoca Museum. This free and family-oriented event is a fun and interesting way to re-acquaint with this lovely historic place. If you have never visited Avoca, this would be your golden opportunity to do that.

The event is free and is offered in appreciation for the Town of Altavista’s support of the museum. House tours, demonstrations by living history interpreters, refreshments, beverages, and adult drinks are all a part of the celebration. Come one, come all!

House tours last 11 AM – 2 PM and tours close at 2 PM. At 2 PM, a fascinating lecture by Dr. Jay Hopkins will be given in which he will display and discuss arms and equipment of Virginia’s colonial militia. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to get “up close and personal” with local history.

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Christmas at Avoca
Dec
10
1:00 PM13:00

Christmas at Avoca

Visit Avoca Museum to share in the Joy of the Season! The event will feature self-guided tours of the historic mansion and outbuildings (docents will be available to answer questions). Enjoy Christmas-themed refreshments including hot apple cider.

Each room in the mansion is decorated by volunteers. If you have never been to Avoca, this would be the perfect opportunity to see the house in all of its splendor. Admission is $5 for adults and teens, $2 for children ages 6-12, and no charge for ages 5 and under.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10:

Jodie Davis will be playing Christmas music (vocal w/ guitar accompaniment) from 2 to 3 PM.

The Mt. Airy Baptist Church Combine Choir will be performing from 3 to 4 PM.

Cynthia Ramsey will be playing Christmas favorites on piano from 4 to 5 PM.

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Christmas at Avoca
Dec
9
1:00 PM13:00

Christmas at Avoca

Visit Avoca Museum to share in the Joy of the Season! The event will feature self-guided tours of the historic mansion and outbuildings (docents will be available to answer questions). Enjoy Christmas-themed refreshments including hot apple cider.

Each room in the mansion is decorated by volunteers. If you have never been to Avoca, this would be the perfect opportunity to see the house in all of its splendor. Admission is $5 for adults and teens, $2 for children ages 6-12, and no charge for ages 5 and under.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9:

Carol Clements will be playing Christmas music on piano from 1 to 3:30 PM.

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Christmas at Avoca
Dec
3
1:00 PM13:00

Christmas at Avoca

Visit Avoca Museum to share in the Joy of the Season! The event will feature self-guided tours of the historic mansion and outbuildings (docents will be available to answer questions). Enjoy Christmas-themed refreshments including hot apple cider.

Each room in the mansion is decorated by volunteers. If you have never been to Avoca, this would be the perfect opportunity to see the house in all of its splendor. Admission is $5 for adults and teens, $2 for children ages 6-12, and no charge for ages 5 and under.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3:

Santa Claus (in the Cabin located on the museum's grounds) will be available for portraits from 1 to 5 PM. Professional photographer Roger Blackstock from The Portrait Place will be on hand to make professional portraits. Parents can take their own pictures at no cost.

Holly Saunders and David Yates will be playing seasonal songs on piano from 1 to 3 PM.

Carol Moorefield will be playing Christmas music on piano from 3 to 5 PM.

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Christmas at Avoca
Dec
2
1:00 PM13:00

Christmas at Avoca

Visit Avoca Museum to share in the Joy of the Season! The event will feature self-guided tours of the historic mansion and outbuildings (docents will be available to answer questions). Enjoy Christmas-themed refreshments including hot apple cider.

Each room in the mansion is decorated by volunteers. If you have never been to Avoca, this would be the perfect opportunity to see the house in all of its splendor. Admission is $5 for adults and teens, $2 for children ages 6-12, and no charge for ages 5 and under.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2:

Santa Claus (in the Cabin located on the museum's grounds) will be available for portraits from 1 to 4 PM. Professional photographer Roger Blackstock from The Portrait Place will be on hand to make professional portraits. Parents can take their own pictures at no cost.

Carol Moorefield will be playing Christmas music on piano from 3 to 5 PM.

 

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