Crockett Springs Resort
Historical Marker Unveiling

Crockett Springs front view with water bottle in corner

Crockett Springs Resort
Historical Marker Unveiling

Sunday November 5 – 2 pm
Alta Mons & Crockett Springs United Methodist Church
Crockett Springs Road, Shawsville

Join us to celebrate the placement of a Virginia Historical Marker on the former site of the resort and to learn about the history of this significant Montgomery County landmark. The event will include personal remembrances, a museum display, and refreshments. 

Crockett Springs was a prominent resort that for 50 years attracted visitors from all over Virginia and beyond. Purchased in 1889 by the Virginia Arsenic and Lithia Springs Company, it featured a large hotel, medicinal baths, and recreational activities. The Crockett Springs water, reputed to treat a variety of ailments, was bottled and distributed widely. The Roanoke District of the Methodist Church acquired the property in 1957 and established the Alta Mons retreat facility on the site.

Please consider making a donation to the museum to help cover the cost of the marker. Any amount is appreciated.

Remembering the Bank of Shawsville

Remembering the Bank of Shawsville

Remembering the Bank of Shawsville

Remembering the Bank of Shawsville
On display at the Meadowbrook Museum
During the Harvest Festival

Saturday October 10 – 10 am to 2 pm
Meadowbrook Community Center
267 Alleghany Spring Road, Shawsville

The National Register of Historic Places calls the Bank of Shawsville, built in 1910, the “most architecturally interesting building in the Shawsville Historic District.” For those who remember it as a place where friendly people greeted them with a smile to help them manage their money, the bank was much more than a building: It was a central part of the town and Eastern Montgomery County residents’ lives. The Meadowbrook Museum has collected photos, artwork, artifacts, and other memorabilia related to the bank, its officers, and its place in our community. These items will be on display in the hallway outside the museum during the Harvest Festival.

The museum will also have a booth in the Meadowbrook Courtyard, where we’ll be selling prints by local artists, as well as copies of “Voices from Eastern Montgomery County, Virginia.

Kindergarten Day 0923

Kindergarten Day

Kindergarten Day at the Museum

Meadowbrook Museum
267 Alleghany Spring Road, Shawsville

The Meadowbrook Museum welcomed 60 Eastern Montgomery kindergartners on Friday, September 29 for this annual popular event. Among other things, the children learned about the handmade quilts, rugs, and Civil War coverlet, the pump organ, and the old school desks. They especially like the toy room!

Dot King, who led the tour, demonstrated the use of the old bank vault and the antique telephone, which was like the one used in her home when she was a girl. The family’s ring was “two longs and a short.”

Tomatoes & Barbie!

Tomatoes & Barbie

Tomatoes & Barbie!

Saturday August 19 – 10 am to 2 pm
Meadowbrook Community Center Courtyard
267 Alleghany Spring Road, Shawsville

The Meadowbrook Museum will have a “tomato-themed” booth at this summer’s Tomato Festival. Stop by and learn more about the rich history of Eastern Montgomery County’s tomato canning industry.

Also check out our Barbie Collection!

Did you know that the museum has an impressive collection of vintage Barbie Dolls? Army and Navy Barbies, Italian Barbie, Australian Barbie, Kenyan Barbie, Cool Times Barbie, Ice Capades Barbie … and many more!

These rare toys will be on display in the hallway outside the Meadowbrook Museum on Saturday, August 19 during Tomato Festival hours. Be sure to drop by and bring the kids.

Captain D.H. Barger, the Man Who Built Walnut Grove

DH Barger & Walnut Grove

Captain D.H. Barger, the Man Who Built Walnut Grove

Meadowbrook Public Library
267 Alleghany Spring Road, Shawsville
Saturday, August 5 – 1:00 pm

Join us for a local history presentation: “An American in Every Sense of the Word”: Captain D.H. Barger and the History of Walnut Grove. Learn about the man who built Walnut Grove, his family history, and his legacy in our community. This will be a slide presentation by his great granddaughter, Sarah Orrick, who lives in Elliston on one of the many properties he left to his descendants.

Coffee & Conversation Every Saturday Morning

Coffee & Conversation at the Museum

Coffee & Conversation
Every Saturday Morning

Meadowbrook Museum
Saturdays – 10 am to 12 pm

Join us for this regular Saturday morning event! Tell us about your family treasures, browse our archives, and see who’s hanging out at the museum sharing stories and viewing our collections.

Museum Celebrates Shawsville Ruritan Club’s 75th Anniversary

Collage of "Shawsville Ruritans Through the Years" display

Museum Celebrates Shawsville Ruritan Club’s 75th Anniversary

On Saturday, May 27, the Meadowbrook Museum and the Shawsville Ruritans held a joint celebration of the club’s 75th anniversary.  The “Ice Cream Social” was accompanied by a “Shawsville Ruritans Through the Years” display curated by the museum. The well-attended event included speeches and certificate presentations by national, state, and local Ruritan leaders.
Photos by Lauren Tate Photography

Museum Co-hosting Ruritan’s 75th Anniversary Celebration

Museum Co-hosting Ruritan’s 75th Anniversary Celebration

Meadowbrook Center Community Room
Saturday May 27 – 2 pm to 4 pm

The Meadowbrook Museum is cohosting a celebration of the Shawsville Ruritan Club’s 75th anniversary. The event will feature 1940s/1950s music, a “Shawsville Ruritans Through the Years” exhibit, 1948 fun facts, remarks and a special presentation by Ruritan leaders, and last but not least free ice cream with toppings!

The Ruritans’ history is Shawsville’s history. Come celebrate this milestone event. Bring the kids! If you have any items you’d like to lend to the museum’s Ruritan memorabilia exhibit, email us at mbm@meadowbrookmuseum.org.

See you there!

Dot King

OH-Dot King

Interview with Dot King (b.1930), conducted on February 27, 2023 by museum volunteer Sarah Orrick. Dot tells the stories behind items that she donated to the Meadowbrook Museum. …