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Contact # 757-303-5907                        THE HISTORY OF MUSIC IN VIRGINIA 
6316 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23090

       VIRGINIANS AND THEIR MUSIC                                                                                                               PIANO GALLERY

Virginia has produced some of the best music talent in the world.  We honor these artists as we display their music, history and personal items. See list at the bottom of this page.


The piano gallery displays keyboard instruments dating from 1760 showing the development of the piano.  Our 1790 Joshua Shudi harpsichord is one of two known to exist today.


You will enjoy Laughing Sal  and a Wurlitzer band organ with other items from amusement parks.    



Watch our Violano Virtuoso play a violin automatically or our KT special play eight instruments together.  Our rarest music box came from the founder of the first Smithfield Ham Company.    

                  PHONOGRAPHS                                                                                 ORGANS

 Follow the history of recorded music from  Edison's  tin foil machine  to   his   very   best opera phonograph.  The first talking   doll, a   phonograph lamp  are some  of the many antique   phonograph  items.  



Wayne Newton

Bruce Hornsby

The Statler Brothers

Pearl Bailey

Five Keys

Keely Smith

Polk MIller

The Carter Family

Patsy Cline

Ruth Brown

Ralph Stanley

Gene Vincent

Dock Boggs

Ernest Stoneman

Kate Smith  

BILL JENKINS                 

Ella Fitzgerald

Roy Clark

June Carter

Steve Earle

Jim & Jesse

Joe Maphis

Mac Wiseman

Ricky Van Shelton

In our organ section we have a sample of the following organs. A  Reed organ, glass organ, monkey organ, Hammond organ and a self playing pipe organ used in Norfolk Virginia. 




Virginians played a big part in the development of music. Polk Miller  recorded some of Edison's first records. The first record to sell over a million copies (The Wreck of the Old 97) was written by a Virginian, Henry Whitter. Black Pattie from Suffolk, Virginia was the first African American to sing in Carnegie Hall. The Carter Family pioneered country music recordings. Jazz critics agree Ella Fitzgerald was the best vocal improviser ever. Patsy Cline was the first female solo artist inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Join us to see and hear more about our Virginians.