Nelson County is located in the central region of Virginia extending from the James River to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The county seat Lovingston is centrally located in the County and the exhibit is housed in the Nelson Memorial Library located along U.S. Rt. 29, the major north-south thoroughfare through the county, making it easily accessible to citizens and visitors. The focus of the activities associated with the exhibit in Nelson county address the changes over the past century in rural Nelson County including, but not limited to education and community services, people and communities; and agriculture and industry.
As a complement to the exhibit and a backdrop for other partner’s participation in the activities complementing the exhibit, the Nelson County Historical Society has developed an historical timeline for Nelson County’s history documenting key events in the county and associating them with major milestones in the nation’s history. This exhibit along with exhibits on Hurricane Camille’s impact in 1969, the development and evolution of the postal system from rural carrier to today, rural electrification in the county in the 1930s, and the education system’s development will be housed near Lovingston at the Society’s Oakland Museum. The Society will also serve as a liaison with the Virginia Association of Museums for the exhibit.
The Nelson County exhibit will not focus on just a single rural town, but rather across a very diverse rural landscape that has seen tremendous change over the past century as a result of changes in the economy, industries and natural disasters and yet has redirected the community(ies) toward a vibrant future by focusing on its natural beauty, people, and strengths to become an example of an environmentally friendly, thriving community that maintains all the wonderful qualities associated with small-town, rural living.