To residents and visitors alike, hidden gems are tucked away in local museums. This week, we explore some of the treasures that can be found in the Gloucester Visitor Center, the Rosewell Museum, Walter Reed’s Birthplace and the Gloucester Institute.
Gloucester Visitor Center
Gloucester’s Visitor Center, housed in the Roane Building inside the historic court circle, has rotating exhibits throughout the year. The museum is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays. It is staffed by volunteers, each with an in-depth knowledge of the county’s history and its people.
Hilton Snowdon, Gloucester’s tourism coordinator, said a current exhibit in the center is a display of patterned quilts, used during the Underground Railroad movement. Slaves trying to escape from their masters would use hidden messages sewn in these quilts to help them escape to the north and into Canada.