History & Culture
Our region is rich in culture and history. From our ancestors that settled in the mountains and lived off the land, to the railroad bringing goods and services to the county, and the coal mining industry coming to our mountains.
You'll find many historic sites, museums, and homes that tell our story.
Dante Coal Mining & Railroad Museum
Explore the world of a coal mining town and the lives of the people who worked in the coal and railroad industry. This museum invites visitors to explore exhibits of coal and railroad memorabilia, which have all been donated by the residents and former residents of Dante and the surrounding community.
Old Russell County Courthouse & Dickenson Bundy Log House
The Old Russell County Courthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a Virginia Landmark. The site features a self-guided museum in the courthouse, local artisan crafts in the Dickenson Bundy Log House and covered picnic area.
St. Paul Railroad Museum
The oldest surviving structure in the commercial district of St. Paul, VA. The museum also serves as the location of the opening event of the Clinch River Days Festival, a meeting place for community organizations and features art and artifacts relative to Southwest Virginia and the Town of St. Paul.