New exhibit at the Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society

by | Aug 3, 2022 | History

Middlesex Early Inhabitants has opened in the visitor center and showcases fossils and Native American artifacts found in the local waters and soils of Virginia.


Learn about Middlesex’s two indigenous tribes John Smith recorded in his journals and on his famous map from his 1608 voyages around the Chesapeake Bay. A large variety of arrowheads, grinding stones, axes, and other tools are on display for you to see. Also included are modern ceremonial items donated
by a native descendant to the museum from his private collection.

The fossil section contains multiple showcases of shells, teeth, bones and even dinosaur excrement from the animals that lived here before we humans came. Several maps from the 1600s are also included. Bring the kids and grandkids to this family friendly and educational exhibit and have fun learning about Middlesex’s early inhabitants.

A special Open House will be held Sunday, August 7th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Nancy Gibbs, the donor of a large collection of fossils to the museum, will be there to discuss her forty years of collecting. She will bring her specialized tools and gadgets that she uses to find her artifacts. Refreshments will be served. The museum is located in Saluda at 777 General Puller Highway, one block from the historic courthouse square. They are open Wednesday and Friday 1:00 -5:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Or visit the website, middlesexmuseum.com, for more information about exhibits
and other upcoming special events.

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