My wife and I visit many local history museums and this is one of the best we've seen in the US. Well thought-out, well laid-out, and not too big. The exhibits are very nicely done with dioramas, artifacts, posters, writings, photos, and a very useful chronology, all logically arranged. For folks like us, with very little understanding of the region, we got a nice taste of its history, geography, and rightfully proud people. Everything looked new and well kept. The state's politics during the civil war was complicated, but well-explained, warts and all (at least it seemed so).
We had an hour to see the permanent exhibit and a special exhibit on quilting. Not quite enough time - I could have spent a full hour or more in the permanent exhibit, as there were audios and videos I would have liked to access. The quilting exhibit was enjoyable, but maybe not quite as amazing as some others I've seen (yeah, I've seen others).
For our first visit to Appalachia, we were astounded by its beauty; now we appreciate its rich history, and, hopefully, we have rid ourselves of some erroneous assumptions regarding the region's history.
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