While driving south down Interstate 81 last weekend, I came across one of the brown highway signs typical for Virginia that denote that the next off-ramp houses a site of historical interest.
Since I had just come off Interstate 66 about a mile back, I knew this sign well as it was for the Stonewall Jackson Museum.
However, I was surprised to see that an orange sticker with the word “CLOSED” had been plastered over the sign.
So, here is my question. Why is the Stonewall Jackson Museum closed? Oddly enough, the Internet has been of no help.
Typing in “Stonewall Jackson Musuem” into Google brings up a hit with the URL of stonewalljacksonmuseum.org, but all that you’ll find there if you click this link is the notice from GoDaddy.com that the domain name expired in November.
The only news story I was able to find comes from this item from NVDaily.com which contains the wording that:
The [1864 Valley Campaign] museum and visitor’s center would be housed in the building that previously held the Stonewall Jackson Museum
Then there’s this mention from the Rockbridge Weekly that:
The proposed acquisition [by the Virginia Military Institue (VMI) Board of Visitors] was made in May by the Stonewall Jackson Foundation to protect the future of the Stonewall Jackson House Museum and its collection of historic artifacts.
Given that Stonewall Jackson once taught at VMI, it’s not surprising that that institution would step up to the plate to protect Jackson’s artifacts, but that still does not answer my question as to why the museum closed.
I really don’t like it when the Internet cannot answer my questions. I feel like I’ve hit a…(wait for it)…stone wall. (rimshot)
Side Note: When searching on reviews for the now defunct Stonewall Jackson museum, do NOT click on any link that has waysideofva in its URL that also ends with stonewalljackson…unless you speak German