You are here

Settlers Museum of Southwest Virginia

-A A +A
1890s and later. 1322 Rocky Hollow Rd.

Founded in 1987, the museum is dedicated to telling the story of the area's early Scots-Irish and German settlers. A visitors' center, containing exhibits on the migration of these early settlers, is housed in an early-twentieth-century frame house. The outdoor museum's buildings include the Lindamood School (1894) built on land owned by Daniel Lindamood. In 1885 Smyth County had sixty-two one-room schools, few of which survive today. This simple frame building with its gable-front orientation is typical of the schools erected throughout the county during the late nineteenth century. Decommissioned in 1937 and converted into a house, the building was restored as a school and includes desks, a blackboard, and a wood stove. The Phillippi Farm, consisting of a farm-house and eleven outbuildings, depicts farm life at the turn of the twentieth century. The log farmhouse, now obscured by two-story frame and weatherboard additions, is typical of many late-nineteenth-century farmhouses in the area. It has a two-story porch with chamfered posts and simple brackets. A white picket fence encloses the yard and separates the house from the gardens, orchards, and livestock pastures. Completing the picture of a typical 1890s farm, the frame gable-roofed outbuildings, some clad in weatherboards and others in board-and-batten, include a granary, root cellar, well house, privy, wood and meat houses, washhouse, barn, chicken house, machine shed, corncrib, and wagon shed.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


What's Nearby


Anne Carter Lee, "Settlers Museum of Southwest Virginia", [Atkins, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 462-463.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.