Glencoe Museum

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Glencoe Radford Virginia.JPG
Glencoe, October 2013
Glencoe Museum is located in Virginia
Glencoe Museum
Glencoe Museum is located in the United States
Glencoe Museum
LocationFirst St., Radford, Virginia
Coordinates37°7′56″N 80°34′50″W / 37.13222°N 80.58056°W / 37.13222; -80.58056Coordinates: 37°7′56″N 80°34′50″W / 37.13222°N 80.58056°W / 37.13222; -80.58056
Area2.1 acres (0.85 ha)
Built1875 (1875)
Architectural styleSecond Empire
NRHP reference No.00001439[1]
VLR No.126-0045
Significant dates
Added to NRHPNovember 22, 2000
Designated VLRSeptember 15, 1999[2]

Glencoe Museum is located in a Victorian house in west downtown Radford, Virginia.[3] The house was built in 1870 in the 19th century Victorian style, specifically Second Empire, and was the postbellum home of Confederate Brigadier General Gabriel C. Wharton.[4] It is a large, two-story, five bay, brick dwelling, and originally had quite extensive grounds. The original house had a barn, chicken coop, smoke house, and an ice house.

The name Glencoe is thought to be inspired by Anne Wharton's ancestry. Her family was originally from Scotland. The house didn’t appear on Radford's tax records until 1876; it took a very long time to build a house of its size and grandeur in the 1800s. The house was kept in the family till 1996 when, after being deserted for 30 years, it was given to the city of Radford.[5] The house and grounds were donated by the Kollmorgen Motion Technology Group.

The house features some Victorian period rooms and displays about Radford's history, including Native American artifacts, early settlers, Mary Draper Ingles, local industries, railroads, river transportation, educational institutions and local sports. There is also an art gallery with changing exhibits of the art and works of contemporary Appalachian artists.

Glencoe was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Glencoe Museum: History." Radford MIRA Project. Web. 24 July 2010.<>.
  4. ^ "Glencoe Museum". Radford, Virginia. Retrieved 8 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Gibson Worsham (June 1999). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Glencoe" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. and Accompanying photo

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