The Middlesex County Museum

The museum is in Saluda at 777 General Puller Highway,
just a block away from the Courthouse.

The Middlesex County Museum was founded in 1935 and is the oldest of its kind in Virginia. It closed during World War II, but opened again in 1975. In the early days it was in the clerk's office at the courthouse square (there is a plaque there, see the Courthouses page). The museum moved to its current location in 1998.

The back section is a general store, authentic in material and feel.

There are many wonderful displays. A major vision of the Museum, given in their brochure, is to celebrate and focus on the three major sources of livelihood in Middlesex over these 300 years: Forests, Farmland, Sea.

Lt. General Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller (1898-1971) was the most decorated marine in Marine Corps history. He was born in West Point, but retired and lived in Middlesex the last 25 years of his life and is buried at Christ Church. Highway 33 from Saluda to the end of the County is General Puller Highway, and Puller Park is across the street from the museum.

Beverly, Dianne, Pam
We had a wonderful visit with Dianne and her daughter Becky (who took this picture). Classic story: When we walked in I of course described that we were visiting ancestral grounds, and Becky said her family had worked on their family history. I asked what names she carried - third in her list was...Daniel! After I collected myself, we shared old family information and they put us in touch with the current owners of the central part of William Daniel's 1668 lands!

Visit the Official Site of the Middlesex County Museum
More good pictures and information there!

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