Alerts:  Utilities customers may see increases on their bills this month. Town Council approved rate increases for water & sewer services and the implementation of a base rate fee effective 12/01/2018. These changes are to help offset the cost of infrastructure needs identified at both the Water Plant & Wastewater Plant. If you have questions, please call 434-369-5001. 


Altavista Train Station

trainstationWashington Street
Altavista, VA 24517

The former Southern Railway Station, located downtown, was renovated in 1987 and serves the community as a meeting room for business organizations, civic clubs, and individuals for various events.  The Altavista Area Chamber of Commerce has its office in the building and handles the rental of the Train Station.  Also housed in the Train Station is the Minnie and Bernard Lane Foundation with its focus on community support.

Avoca Museum

 

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Avoca Museum commemorates thousands of years of human history. The land on which the museum is situated was a thriving Native American settlement for millennia before the first English-speaking people arrived. The Lynch-Fauntleroy family occupied Avoca from 1755-1981 when the property was given to the Town of Altavista. Avoca was originally called Green Level by Col. Charles Lynch (1736-1796). The property was part of a land grant from King George II, given to Col. Lynch’s father in 1740. Col. Lynch came to the property around 1755, becoming a planter and distinguishing himself as a lawmaker and soldier during the Revolutionary War era. The property passed down through the Lynch family and upon the death of Charles Henry Lynch (1800-1875) his niece, Mary Anna Dearing Fauntleroy, inherited it. The current house is the third home to stand on the grounds and bear the name of “Avoca”. The previous two homes were destroyed by fires that occurred in 1879 and 1900. When the third and current house was built in 1901, Thomas and Mary Anna Dearing Fauntleroy commissioned Lynchburg architect J.M.B. Lewis to rebuild Avoca with modern appointments such as running water and water heaters built into the walls. 

The Victorian Era was a period marked by opulence and conspicuous spending. At Avoca, visitors will have the pleasure of viewing the house restored to its original splendor. To take a step through the door at Avoca is to take a step back in time.

Avoca Museum is home to the Juliet Fauntleroy Native American Collection – one of the largest collections of its type in the nation. An avid and knowledgeable collector, Miss Fauntleroy spent her adult years scouring Campbell County for projectile points, percussion tools, gaming pieces, and other relics of Native American civilization. A large portion of her vast collection may be viewed in the museum’s Fauntleroy Gallery.

Visitors to Avoca will enjoy viewing artifacts in the Campbell County Gallery, located on the museum’s second floor. The exhibit includes land grants from King George II and King George III, Victorian furnishings, and artifacts used by civilians and soldiers during the Civil War era. The Civil War played a large role in the family’s history. The first owner of the current house, Thomas Fauntleroy, served as an infantry officer during the conflict and was captured during the Battle of Sailor’s Creek (April 6, 1865). Just prior to that engagement, Brig. Gen. James G. Dearing was mortally wounded at the Battle of High Bridge (April 5, 1865). Dearing would later die of the wound he sustained at High Bridge, making him the last Confederate general officer to die in the war. Shortly following his release from prison camp, Fauntleroy would marry Dearing’s sister and thereby come into possession of the Avoca property.

The museum’s grounds features a ca.-1880 cabin, a reproduction bateau, and a three-acre Arboretum along with beautifully-manicured gardens. Wedding and festival guests are invited to take advantage of Avoca’s lovely grounds, dance floors, patio, and restroom facility.

Avoca hosts several community events throughout the year, including:

  • Jane Andrews Student Event Day for local elementary school students
  • Mother’s Day Tea
  • Harvest Jubilee & Wine Festival
  • Night at the Museum Lantern Tours
  • Christmas Open House

Avoca Museum is open to the public April through October on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (11 AM – 3 PM). Admission rates, closures for special events, and directions to the museum can be found on the museum’s homepage at www.avocamuseum.org. Questions and concerns can be forwarded to the Executive Director via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone: 434-369-1076.

Avoca Museum is closed for private and special events.  Please check the home page of the Museum’s website, www.avocamuseum.org/home, for those closures.

Interested in renting Avoca? Please find rental information and rates here: www.avocamuseum.org/rentals

Staunton River Memorial Library

stauntonriverlibrary500 Washington Street
Altavista, VA 24517
Phone: 434-369-5140 
Fax: 434-369-1723

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www.campbellcountylibraries.org

Michael Bingham, Branch Manager

Hours:
M-W-F 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM; Thurs 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM; Sat 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM; Sun Closed

SRML contains over 35,000 volumes and serves an area population of approximately 8,000, with a continual growth in the number or registered borrowers.  The library is dedicated to providing the library resources, services and information necessary to anticipate and meet the evolving educational, informational and cultural needs of the public it serves. Throughout the year SRML features free educational and entertaining programs for children, families and adults such as story times for  toddlers, pre-school age children, summer reading programs for children 5-12 years old, Teens & adults, and seasonal events for all ages. The library also offers copying, faxing, free notary services, internet access for adults and for children under 18 who have parental permission and an early learning station for preschoolers.

Altavista Country Club

540 Fairway Lane
Hurt, VA 24563

434-324-7276

The Altavista Country Club is a nine hole golf course and pool facility nestled in the rolling hills of northern Pittsylvania County in the Town of Hurt , Virginia.  The club is exactly 2.6 miles from downtown Altavista , Virginia .
 
The golf course is open seven (7) days per week year-a-round.  A challenging course with the beauty and grace of what you would expect in this beautiful part of Virginia.

Altavista Vineyards

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620 Level Run Rd.
Hurt, VA   24563
(434) 324-4160
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Altavista Vineyards is a vineyard and winery located four miles south of Altavista Virginia in Pittsylvania County, just 6.5 miles from US Hwy   29. They are now open to the public for wine tastings and purchases.
A small family-run vineyard and winery, they specialize in limited production of finely crafted wines.  No effort is spared to ensure that their wines are of the highest quality.  The vineyard currently produces shiraz, chardonnay, viognier, merlot, cabernet franc, and cabernet sauvignon.  In addition, they supplement production by purchases of a small amount of high quality grapes from other Virginia growers.  The small scale enables the care and attention to detail required to produce exceptional wines.