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Lantern Tours

It’s that time of year again! Join us here at Avoca Museum on October 18 and 19 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 brought to you by Avoca Museum and Campbell County Public Library System and the event is 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! Don’t miss this interesting and entertaining family event!

Casual students of local history hear the story of the Lynch Law Trials which occurred in what is now Altavista, but this year visitors will hear the story told from the perspective of a British sympathizer. Next, learn the story of local man Albert McCutchen n the 100th anniversary of his arrival back home from the battlefields of the Great War. Then you’ll find out exactly who local celebrity Uncle Billy was and why a festival is named for him. Finally, you will learn about the sacrifices of a Campbellite who served faithfully in the United States Marine Corps eighty years ago - and that Marine was a woman!

All you have to do to get in on the fun is to register in advance by logging onto . Tours are offered on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, 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 guests will be treated to complimentary hot apple cider and gingerbread.

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

Earlier Event: October 5
Wine Festival Rain Date
Later Event: October 19
Lantern Tours