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Wharton Family Legacy at Glencoe Mansion Museum
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The Glencoe Mansion, Museum & Gallery located in Radford, Virginia has something for everyone with a House Museum, History Exhibits and Art Gallery.

The museum recognizes the post-war contributions made to Virginia by Confederate General Gabriel C. Wharton and his wife Nannie Radford Wharton. Gen. Wharton came to Southwest Virginia during the Civil War to defend the resources of the region. While there he met and married the very accomplished Nannie Radford. After the Civil War this couple did much to advance the development of the region.

Glencoe Mansion, built by the Wharton’s in 1875, provides changing history exhibits about the region, including Native Americans, railroading and the frontier heroine Mary Draper Ingles. The museum’s Life Event Exhibits focus on 19th-century life. The Art Gallery showcases local artists.

There are exciting developments coming with the interpretation of the Wharton family. Perhaps the Wharton’s most unique legacy is the cache of documents they left behind. Civil War historian William “Jack” Davis is working with Wharton descendant Sue Bell to publish the wartime letters of Gen. and Nannie Wharton. There are over 500 surviving letters between the couple dating from 1863 to 1865. The anticipated publication date is 2020.

Come explore the Glencoe Mansion! There is always something new to see!