Blue Ridge Institute & Farm Museum

The Blue Ridge Institute & Farm Museum, the official State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore, highlights the folk traditions of western Virginia, old and new.  Located at the eastern gateway of the Crooked Road Music Trail, the BRI galleries explore folklife's many facets--music, crafts, foodways, decorative arts, etc.--through rotating exhibitions.  The Institute's Blue Ridge Farm Museum re-creates life on a Virginia-German farmstead in the year 1800, with costumed interpretation, heirloom gardens, historic breeds of livestock, and unique hands-on activities.  The museum store offers hard-to-find authentic folk crafts from Virginia and Appalachia.  (Galleries and store are open year-round, Mondays through Saturdays.  Farm Museum is open weekends mid-May through mid-August or by group reservation any day April through October.)