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Blue Ridge Discovery Center inspires creativity, discovery, and critical thinking through interest-driven and hands-on activities focused on the Blue Ridge Mountains. Click here to view BRDC's gift to the Matthews Living History Farm Museum.

Our community is the proud home of countless artisans in such fields as needlework, fiber arts, sculpting, woodworking, metalwork, stained glass, photography, basketry, pottery, jewelry-making, writing, dance, and music. In 1987 a dedicated group of individuals organized the Arts and Cultural Council of the Twin Counties in response to – and in appreciation of – this rich culture.  The Arts Council became a 501(c)3 in 1992.

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The Mountain Homespun Fiber Guild is a group of individuals committed to the preservation of an assortment of crafts once critical to survival but now precieved as obsolete. The guild seeks to preserve and teach the many fiber related hand skills of the region.

Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (CCSA) is a year-round art school that believes that art is for everyone and everyone is an artist. Programming includes heritage and contemporary art and traditional music. Classes are offered in Appalachian music and dance, drawing & painting, weaving, basket-weaving, felting, sewing, dyeing, jewelry, pottery, wood and stone carving, and more. Classes are offered for adults, teens, and children.

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Master Gardeners of the Blue Ridge partnered with the Museum in our early years, and they continue to provide beautiful gardens and useful and interesting programs to our visitors every year. They are an educational extension of Virginia Tech and the County Extension Service System. Master Gardeners of the Blue Ridge serve Grayson, Carroll, and Galax. For further information click here to visit the Carroll County Extension website or call 276-730-3110.

The mission of Hinesite Devons is to find the next generation of Milking Devon stewards, and provide them with the best animal and coaching they can be given. The cows are multi-use. A single ox, a working cow, will provide many years of steady service.