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BLUE RIDGE INSTITUTE & FARM MUSEUM    
540-365-4416                             www.blueridgeinstitute.org
Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA  24088        

DIRECTIONS: Ferrum College Campus, 10 miles west of Rte 220 at Rocky Mount, VA on Rte 40.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  The Blue Ridge Institute & Farm Museum, the official State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore, highlights the folk traditions of western Virginia, old and new.

Located at the eastern gateway of the Crooked Road Music Trail, the BRI galleries explore folklife's many facets--music, crafts, foodways, decorative arts, etc.--through rotating exhibitions. The Institute's Blue Ridge Farm Museum re-creates life on a Virginia-German farmstead in the year 1800, with costumed interpretation, heirloom gardens, historic breeds of livestock, and unique hands-on activities. The museum store offers hard-to-find authentic folk crafts from Virginia and Appalachia.

PARKING:  1 wheelchair accessible parking space with 96 inch wide accessible aisle.

TYPES OF PATHS:  Concrete with no steep grades.

ENTRANCE:  Front of museum.  Ramps provided.  Entry doors, 33 in. wide, easily open out with push down handle located 39 in. above floor. 

PUBLIC REST ROOMS:  Located inside museum.  Doors are 32 in. wide, and open in.  Turns must be made to enter.  Accessible stalls have 31 in. wide doors opening in and out, and handrails.  12 in. between commode and wall.  Sink height is 36 in.  Accessible stall checked regularly for obstructions. 

GIFT SHOP:  Aisles 65 in. wide.  Counters 41 in. high.  Clerks assist customers with special needs.  Aisles clear of temporary displays.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Accepted credit cards V and MC.  Admission fee for Farm Museum only.  Open 10-5.  Not all farm museum buildings are wheelchair accessible.  Galleries open year-round.  Farm museum open seasonally; call for dates.

 

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