John Fox, JR Museum
"Before the convenience of paperback books, Trail of the Lonesome Pine had only been outsold by the Bible and Gone With the Wind."
~ courtesy johnfoxjrmuseum.org
The museum was the home of John Fox, Jr., a famous mountain author of many novels and short stories. Most well known are "Trail of the Lonesome Pine" and "The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come". "Trail of the Lonesome Pine" became the nation's first million copy selling novel and was later made into a movie. An outdoor drama based on this novel is staged in the town of Big Stone Gap and has been designated as Virginia's Official Outdoor Drama. Fox, Jr. was not only an author, but he was an avid outdoorsman who served with Teddy Roosevelt as a rough rider. The present museum is the family home that is still filled with original furnishings from the turn of the century. The natural cedar shingled house is rustic in design with large screened porches off both stories.
Address: 118 Shawnee Avenue East, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Phone: (276) 523-2747
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m Thursday - Saturday
Open from the Thursday following Memorial Day until the Saturday before Labor Day, Closed on all Holidays
Tours for groups of 20 or more may be scheduled for anytime during the year. To schedule a tour, call the number listed above and leave a message. Someone will return your call to confirm the reservation and to answer any questions that you may have.
©Tim & Angel Cox