Temporary Exhibit Gallery

In 2017, the front room of the Clarke County Historical Association's museum in downtown Berryville was turned into a temporary exhibit space to allow for more of our historic collection to be on display throughout the year.  Each exhibit in this space explores a different historic theme to Clarke County with images and artifacts drawn almost exclusively from CCHA.

Currently On Display

Voices From Clarke County's Past: Letters and Diaries from CCHA's Archive

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There are many ways to experience the past - explore the private and emotional worlds of Clarke County residents from long ago and experience life as they saw it. Read a selection of letters and diaries oulled from the CCHA archives from people who lived far and wide, and investigate their connection to Clarke County's rich history, and each other. 

30 Years of Art at the Mill

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30 years ago, a small group of artists came together and worked with the Clarke County Historical Association on a weekend-long art show at the Burwell-Morgan Mill.  Since then, Art at the Mill has grown to become one of the most unique art shows in the region.  Now featuring over 200 artists and over 1000 works of art each spring and fall, Art at the Mill has become CCHA's largest fundraiser and has helped raised funds over the years for the daily operations of the museum, archives, and Mill.  30 Years of Art at the Mill celebrates the history of this unique show with photographs, flyers, t-shirts, buttons, and more from the past three decades.  

Permanent Exhibits

In 2004, the Clarke County Historical Association began planning a new and exciting museum experience for visitors to our headquarters in Berryville.  On November 19, 2009, the vision of our late president, Roger Chavez, became a reality.

Designed around the unifying theme “Our Land Is Our Legacy,” museum displays, specially commissioned art work, and state-of-the-art audio/video displays allow us to share our collection in a way that is both educational and entertaining.

Artifacts on display in the museum’s three rooms include the money chest from Thomas, Sixth Lord Fairfax’s Greenway Court land office, a Chinese punch basin that once belonged to 18th century plantation owner Nathaniel Burwell, racing silks from Audley Farm, and a former slave’s corn-cutting knife from a home in Josephine City.

Two of the rooms also feature extraordinary films that combine historical photographs, contemporary footage, and the art of noted illustrator Richard Schlecht to tell a panoramic story of the early history of Clarke County and of the county’s continuing efforts to preserve a unique and land-based way of life.

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