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Avoca is decorated for Christmas

“Christmas: A Season of Giving” will be the theme of the open house to be held at Avoca, in Altavista, VA, this year.  The dates for the tours are: December 2 & 3 and December 9 & 10, 2017.  Tours will take place between the hours of 11 until 5 on Saturdays and between 1 until 5 on Sundays.  Tickets will be available in the museum gift shop on the days of the event.  Ticket prices are $5 per adult and $2 per child.

Avoca is the principle architectural landmark in the town of AltaVista, Virginia.  This country Victorian house was constructed in 1901, after the original and second dwellings were destroyed by fire in 1879 and 1900.  The house is a commissioned work by J.M.B. Lewis, of Lynchburg, VA.  This house is a grand example of the Queen Anne-style.  Turrets, leaded glass, grand staircases, magnificent mantles and more are shown off in this lovely house.  Each room in the mansion will be decorated as in the way homes would have been decorated for Christmas in Victorian times.

Avoca Museum

As you tour the house the collection, displays, programs and interpretations are planned to take into account the cultural and natural history of the region.

Avoca was originally the private residence of Colonel Charles Lynch (1736-1796).  Charles Lynch’s elder brother was John Lynch, who established Lynchburg.  Charles established his home here in 1755 as part of a land grant from King George II to his father, in 1740, and called it Green Level.  Col. Lynch was a planter, politician and American revolutionary who headed an irregular court in Virginia to punish Loyalist supporters of the British during the American Revolutionary War.  The property was passed down through the Lynch family until it was deeded to the Town of AltaVista in 1981 as a memorial to the Lynch family.  At that time the property consisted of the main house, brick kitchen, smokehouse, milk house, farm office and approximately 10 acres.

Avoca is located at 1514 Main Street, Altavista, VA 24517.  For more information contact the museum at 434.369.1076 or visit their website www.avocamuseum.org.