Preserving Our Shared History
Montgomery County was formed in 1776 from Fincastle County and was named after General Richard Montgomery who died at the Revolutionary War Battle of Quebec in 1775. The county experienced a wave of early settlement during the eighteenth century followed by sustained economic and population expansion. Agriculture, coal mining, and the establishment of Virginia Tech were important factors in the county’s growth during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Today, the Museum celebrates our towns, communities, local business, industry, and much more. Our Rotating History Exhibit room changes regularly and has recently hosted exhibits on such diverse topics as the early history of NASCAR; the history of the African American school, Christiansburg Industrial Institutes as well as historic clothing, local sports, and outstanding women of Montgomery County and the Civil War.