“Foundations of Hope”

2024 is the 100th anniversary of the founding of Waynesboro’s Rosenwald School. It has been an important part of the community in its many iterations since 1924. A new exhibit called “Foundations of Hope: Celebrating 100 years of Waynesboro’s Rosenwald School and its Community” at the Waynesboro Heritage Museum celebrates this milestone and reflects on ways the school, built by Waynesboro’s Black community, educated the city’s African American children during segregation.

In collaboration with the Waynesboro Black History Museum, the Waynesboro Public Library, Waynesboro Parks and Recreation, and the Waynesboro Chapter of the NAACP, this exhibit looks at the Rosenwald school-building program that built nearly 5,000 Black schools, and highlights Waynesboro’s school.

The exhibit will run until October 2024, and is open — free of charge — from 10am-5pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

“Until the Cows Come Home”

On October 14, 2023, the Waynesboro Heritage Museum opens a new exhibit called “Until the Cows Come Home,” investigating and chronicling the consolidation of the towns of Waynesboro and Basic City in 1923.

The events of a century ago were contentious, to say the least, and sources of the day captured the anger surrounding the merger. Come on down to the museum to learn more about the consolidation, to find out why cows became such an important part of the vote, and how steps are being taken to revitalize an area that is considered a “Lost Town” of Virginia.

The exhibit will run until July 2024, and is open — free of charge — from 10am-5pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

“Out of the Archives”

Out of the Archives is a new permanent exhibit showcasing individual artifacts and records that the Waynesboro Heritage Foundation has that may otherwise not find their way into a larger exhibit.

Items will be rotated through periodically, so make sure you come back to see what new artifacts are on display.