Smyth County Historical & Museum Society
The Smyth County Historical & Museum Society was founded in 1961 to preserve the County's heritage through the collection of artifacts, photographs and manuscripts and presentation of public programs and publications. Since its founding, the museum has acquired an impressive collection from prehistoric to the modern era. Two collections of special significance are the Southwestern State Hospital Collection of artifacts and photographs from 1887 through the 1950's and a collection of period clothing and textiles from 1808-1965. The Museum offers an interesting "tour through time" that reflects the economic and social development of the county and, in general, rural Southwest Virginia. Special exhibits highlight unique periods of the County's heritage and offer insights into what life was like.
Marion was the home of two Lieutenant Governors of Virginia, Lewis Preston Collins, II, and B. F. Buchanan. The Collins house located at 109 W. Strother Street is now the home of "Smyth County Historical and Museum Society, Inc".