History

Our region is rich with culture and history. From our ancestors that settled in the mountains and lived off the land, to the railroad bringing goods and services to the county, and the coal mining industry coming to our mountains - you'll find many historic sites, museums, and homes that tell our story.

Dante Coal Mining & Railroad Museum

Explore the world of a coal mining town and the lives of the people who worked in the coal and railroad industry. This museum invites visitors to explore exhibits of coal and railroad memorabilia, which have all been donated by the residents and former residents of Dante and the surrounding community.

Old Russell County Courthouse & Dickenson Bundy Log House

The Old Russell County Courthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a Virginia Landmark. The site features a self-guided museum in the courthouse, local artisan crafts in the Dickenson Bundy Log House and covered picnic area.

Ellenbrook Home

Ellenbrook, known as number four, is the historic home of William Alexander Stuart, founder of the Stuart Land and Cattle Company. The home, completed in 1856, features a mini museum displaying artifacts, memorabilia, and photos associated with property and the Stuart family. The caretakers offer free tours of the home and English Garden on Mondays and Tuesdays or by appointment.

Mountain Heritage Museum

Discover hundreds of coal mining, logging, railroading, farming, artifacts from the Civil War era, Native American and Appalachian Natural History. This museum features features the largest United Mine Workers of America display south of Washington, D.C.

Honaker Heritage Museum

The Honaker Heritage Museum offers a wealth of information on the life and times of historical figures and happening throughout the history of Russell County, VA

St. Paul Railroad Museum

The oldest surviving structure in the commercial district of St. Paul, VA. The museum also serves as the location of the opening event of the Clinch River Days Festival, a meeting place for community organizations and features art and artifacts relative to Southwest Virginia and the Town of St. Paul.