In 1912 the Confederate Memorial Association built a shrine for the Confederate dead and a memorial to the “Lost Cause”. When funding dried up in 1946 they merged with the Virginia Historical Society. The building was enlarged to house the historical society’s offices, research library, and artifacts. The original memorial is surrounded by the new additions with a few remnants of the CMA remaining, most notably a series of murals depicting the major branches of Confederate military.
The historic society exhibits are very well done and give a good overview of Virginia’s history starting with Native Americans and continuing through the decades to current events. The main exhibits fill two large rooms with smaller rooms displaying guns, paintings, and furniture.
The parking lot is large enough for RVs. We fit in the handicapped spaces but larger RVs should be backed up over the grass or parked across the spaces near the rear of the lot. Museum 37.55843, -77.47495