A message from the Director

Dear website visitor,

Thank you for taking the time to visit our new-and-improved Avoca Museum website. We hope that your virtual visit to our little corner of cyberspace will inspire you to pay us a visit in person. With one visit, you are bound to fall in love.

Since our last newsletter, Avoca has seen new and wonderful changes. All of the buildings on the grounds have been repainted and the result is absolutely magnificent. Before this, I did not think that it was possible for the house to be any more beautiful but I can see that Avoca has not looked better – at least since 1901. Avoca has also undergone a number of structural repairs that, if left unchecked, would have resulted in serious deterioration in the future. It is because of the support of our members and the Town of Altavista that our grand old house receives the tender loving care that it receives.

Our Events Coordinator, Seisha Scott Cunningham, has been keeping busy with preparations for Avoca’s many public offerings. We look forward to building on the success of last year’s Moonlight Masquerade and Night at the Museum events that drew a great deal of approbation from our visitors. We are confident that our new events in 2015 such as our Civil War Sesquicentennial Event and Opera on the James will continue to build on the museum’s reputation as the premier gathering site for the Altavista community.

Avoca wishes to thank the benevolent grantmakers and sponsors that have contributed to the museum’s success in 2018. Our operating fund – a crucial part of what our museum does – was supported in 2014 by the W.C. English Foundation, Bernard & Minnie Lane Foundation, Beverly W. & Hampton O. Powell Foundation, and John E. & Sue M. Jackson Charitable Trust. Our education programs were supported by the Patterson Foundation and First National Bank. BGF, Womack Foundation, Wells Fargo, Dominion Power, and Feller’s Automotive also provided much-appreciated support for our historical education projects. Our slave cemetery was mapped using non-invasive, ground penetrating radar through a grant from the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust. Special thanks go to The Timken Foundation for provisions made to preserve our ca.-1800 brick kitchen building.

Also, the museum has upgraded its sidewalks, installed a new masonry patio, and improved its handicap-accessible offerings thanks in large part to the Timken Charitable Foundation and the Moore Charitable Foundation.

After a quarter-century of historic preservation efforts, we have restored all six of the museum’s historically-significant buildings. The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation and Fray Family Trust were key partners in these initiatives.

Thanks in large part to our membership, we have successfully upgraded the museum’s signage, making our visibility in the community greatly enhanced.

Thanks to key grants from Southside Electric Cooperative, the Easley Foundation, and Dominion Foundation, the museum is provided with upgraded wherewithal to offer improved community services.

YOU make the difference in helping our museum achieve great things. Thank you!


Best wishes,

Michael Hudson

Executive Director, Avoca Museum