History comes to life at our museums

Years before Pulaski County was formed and many more before Peak Creek flowed from the west toward the east, history was being made. The county, two towns and more than 16 communities came into being. History, what has been save and preserved, is an interesting matter to study and research.

When Pulaski County became the 87th county in the Commonwealth of Virginia on March 30, 1839, there were two incorporated towns: Newbern, the county seat of government, and Dublin. The county was formed from parts of Montgomery and Wythe counties.

It was named for Count Casimir Pulaski, a Polish nobleman who came to America and joined George Washington’s Army in 1777. Wounded during the Revolution War, he died and was buried in Savannah, Ga.

Around the county were and are such historic places as Allisonia, Belspring, Boom Furnace, Fairlawn, Delton, Draper, Dunkard’s Bottom, New River, Hiwassee, Ingles Ferry, Shiloh, Max Mountain, Parrott, Snowville, Weldon and coal mines to the east of Robinson Tract Road. There are other sites that played large roles in the early days and growth of the county and the communities.

Some of the preserved history is at the Wilderness Road Regional Museum in Newbern, and other examples at the Raymond F. Ratcliffe Memorial Transportation Museum on South Washington Avenue in Pulaski, near the restored and historic train depot. Interestingly, there is no admission to the two local depositories of historic materials.

Take time while looking at and learning about Pulaski County history. You’re sure to find it interesting and intriguing.

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