Published on February 18, 2016

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Located in an 1851 Greek Revival house, the museum interprets the history of Highland County and the Civil War Battle of McDowell.

The museum and orientation center are housed in an 1851 Greek Revival house in the village of McDowell. The building served as a hospital for the Battle of McDowell. The orientation center is devoted to this first victory of Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign. It features a 20 minute documentary film on the battle and a display of authentically reproduced uniforms and accessories based on those used by Jackson. The museum focuses on the history of Highland County, a sparsely populated region of rugged mountains and independent settlers. The main exhibit, “Uniquely Highland” explores the settlement and development of the area. It is supplimented by temporary exhibits on a variety of topics relative to the people and culture of the region. A Family Research Library and museum store are available onsite.  Civil War Trails markers lead to interpretive signage behind the McDowell Presbyterian Church and at the battlefield parking lot just east of town. From there visitors can follow an interpreted trail to the top of Sitlington Hill where the most intense fighting took place.


March 1 – Oct. 31: Thu-Sat, 11am-4pm, Sun 1-4pm, or by appointment

Tour Information:

Group Tour Arrangements available: Yes

Guided Tours: Yes

Admission Fee/Ticket Price:

Free admission


Highland Museum & Heritage Center and Civil War Orientation Center
161 Mansion House Road
McDowell, VA 24458