Ferrum College created the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum in the early 1970s to document, interpret, and present the folk heritage of the Blue Ridge region. Since that time, the Institute has grown steadily, expanding its work throughout Virginia and Appalachia while maintaining an emphasis upon the western portion of the state. The Blue Ridge Institute & Museum enjoys a national reputation. From festivals and concerts to exhibits and publications, the BRI offers educational and entertaining programming of unmatched quality and authenticity. The Institute's audience spans all ages and backgrounds, enhancing Ferrum College's educational mission for all.
As the official State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore, the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum stocks its museum store with hard-to-find, traditional Appalachian crafts--split-oak baskets, handwoven rugs, wrought iron, folk art, and much more. Explore the rich fabric of regional folkways through an array of music recordings and books. Show your heritage with BRI hats, Crooked Road t-shirts, and the ever-popular glow-in-the-dark moonshine t-shirts. (Open Mondays through Saturdays year-round; additional Sunday hours June through August. Closed on college holidays.)