Wilderness Road Regional Museum – Newbern

Open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Wilderness Road Regional Museum, located about a mile from Interstate 81 in Newbern, Virginia, has been owned and operated by the New River Historical Society since 1980. The oldest room in the museum was built sometime between 1806 and 1812 by Newbern’s founder, Henry Hance.

Originally, the museum building had belonged to the Hance-Alexander family, and these two homes served dual purposes as residences and businesses for several years. Some of these business establishments included a tavern, general store, and the first Newbern post office. The museum features letters, documents, paintings, furniture, photos, business records, and objects relevant to life in southwest Virginia.

A detached kitchen building, granary, loom house, and barn on the museum grounds offer more glimpses into the lives of those along the main migration route west. The museum’s namesake is the Wilderness Road, a branch of the Great Wagon Road. Several towns along these roads, including Newbern, prospered due to businesses that catered to these travelers, such as inns and taverns.

Visitors are welcome during the museum’s hours of operation to witness first-hand the Wilderness Road Regional Museum’s display of local historical pride.