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Hensley’s Settlement - More Info
91 Bartlett Park Road
Middlesboro, VA 40965
Phone: (606) 248-2817
Hensley's Settlement is part of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, which lies in three states: Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. The preserved settlement is located atop Brush Mountain where the Hensley's first settled in 1903. In the early part of the century, the Hensley's settled on the mountain, forsaking settled areas for an entirely self-sufficient way of life. This truly rural Appalachian settlement continued, without electricity, indoor plumbing, roads or any modern conveniences until the last inhabitant left in 1951. Approximately 25 of the original buildings have been restored and the surrounding land has been returned to the original farming and pasture scene of its orginal appearance. Presently, transportation to the settlement is still somewhat limited in order to maintain the area's authenticity.
John Fox, Jr. Museum - More Info
118 Shawnee Avenue East
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Phone: (276) 523-2747
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. Fox, Jr. was not only an author, but he was an avid outdoorsman who served with Teddy Roosevelt as a rough rider. The present museum is the family home that is still filled with original furnishings from the turn of the century. The natural cedar shingled house is rustic in design with large screened porches off both stories.
Interstate 101 Car - More Info
619 Gilley Avenue
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Phone: (540) 523-2060
Built in 1870 for the South Carolina & Georgia Railroad, this private car was used by the president of the railroad and is one of the oldest and finest examples of typical passenger car construction of the late 19th century. As built, it contained an observation room, two staterooms, a dining area, and facilities for the porter and a kitchen area. Most of the original fixtures are intact, including the lavatories, lighting fixtures, and even the speedometer in the rear observation room. Today the car houses a regional visitor information center.
Big Stone Gap - More Info
619 Gilley Ave
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Phone: (276) 523-2060
Big Stone Gap is a little town with a big story! The inspiration for the novel, Big Stone Gap, by Adriana Trigiani, shows that good old-fashioned southern hospitality and a warm sense of humor aren't simply works of fiction in this lovely, Victorian-era town. Many of the town's attractions are featured in Trigiani's books, Big Stone Gap, Big Cherry Holler and Milk Glass Moon. Stop by the Tourist Info Center and pick up your free map to the novel's setting when you come to town!
Sanders House Center - More Info
200 Sanders Lane
Bluefield, VA 24605
Phone: (276) 322-1345
The Sanders House Center includes a late 19th century home which was once the centerpiece of a 3,000 acre farm. Built in 1896, it has gorgeous solid oak woodwork, original wood floors, hand-painted imported mural and many of the orginal furnishings. There are nine fireplaces, three floors and a total of 19 rooms. The grounds include a granary, a smokehouse, and a spring house. Additionally, the "Rosie Trigg Cottage" that houses The Tazewell County Visitor Center, as well as the recently reconstructed Bailey Log Cabin is on the grounds. The Sanders House is a historical treasure, preserving aspects of past and contemporary grace. Tours of the Sanders House are available April 15th through October 15th by appointment. A nominal fee is charged. Groups of ten will be discounted. House and grounds are available for meetings, weddings, and all other celebratory occasions. Call for more information.
Cleveland Virginia History and Heritage Museum - More Info
504 Artrip Rd.
Cleveland, VA 24225
Phone: (276) 889-2660
Enjoy the History and Heritage of Cleveland Virginia at our nice little museum. Lots of photos and history information of our beautiful little town in the early years. Located at the old Cleveland Elementary School on Route # 661.
Call for an appointment.
Dickenson County Coal Miner’s Memorial - More Info
16556 Dickenson Hwy
Clinchco, VA 24226
Welcome to the Dickenson County Coal Miner's Memorial. The memorial is a tribute to the men and women who have died in the coal mines. Located beside the post office in Clinchco, Virginia, the memorial displays 309 names dating back to the early 1900's.
An online memorial has been setup to futher their memories. The online memorial shares some of the stories of the people killed in the coal mines.