Heart of Appalachia


Take a tour of the mountains. Dive into history and learn the culture of the heart of Appalachia. Not only surrounded by the breath taking beauty of this region but also surrounded by attractions you just do not want to miss.

Southwest Virginia Museum

A National Historic Landmark, the Southwest Virginia Museum is in an 1890s Victorian stone mansion with original oak interior. The museum's collection includes more than 25,000 pieces and state of the art exhibits telling the story of the exploration and development of Southwest Virginia from the pioneer era of the 1700s to the mining "boom and bust" era of the late 1800s.

John Fox Museum

The museum was the home of John Fox, Jr., a famous mountain author of many novels and short stories. Most well known are "Trail of the Lonesome Pine" and "The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come". "Trail of the Lonesome Pine" became the nation's first million copy selling novel and was later made into a movie. An outdoor drama based on this novel is staged in the town of Big Stone Gap and has been designated as Virginia's Official Outdoor Drama

Harry Meador Coal Musem

The Harry W. Meador Jr. Coal Museum is at jct. E. Third St. and Shawnee Ave. In addition to displays about the coal-mining industry, the museum also features collections of medical and dental equipment, cash registers and antique office machines.