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Blue Ridge Institute and Museum

The Blue Ridge Institute & Museum was created in 1973 by Ferrum College to document, interpret, and present the folk heritage of the Blue Ridge region. Since that time, the BRIM has grown steadily, working throughout Virginia and Appalachia while maintaining an emphasis on the western portion of the Commonwealth.

The Blue Ridge Institute & Museum has a longstanding national reputation for quality and authenticity. From festivals and concerts to exhibitions and publications, the BRIM offers educational and entertaining programming. The Institute’s audience spans all ages and backgrounds, enhancing Ferrum College’s educational mission. A heritage-tourism leader, the BRIM is a major venue on The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. In recognition of its accomplishments, the Institute was designated “The State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore” by Governor Gerald Baliles and the Virginia State Legislature in 1986.

Blue Ridge Institute and Museum

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From museum exhibits and living history to the many events we hold throughout the year, there is something for everyone at the BRIM.

Meet the Staff

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Beth Worley

Director of Blue Ridge Institute
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Caleb Bailey

Office and Folklife Festival Assistant
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Lois Brubaker

Seasonal Museum Interpreter
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Rebecca Austin

Blue Ridge Institute Coordinator of Educational Outreach & Interpretation

Contact Info

20 Museum Dr.
Ferrum, VA 24088