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16 South Main Street, Chatham, VA 24531

Exhibits


Museum Exhibits


The History of Funeral Practices

 

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1876 Antique Horse-Drawn Hearse

 

One of the favorite exhibits among our visitors is our fully-restored 1876 horse-drawn hearse. Kenneth P. Scott, Sr. used this hearse in many ceremonies and parades.

 

Over 1100 man hours spanning two years of work went into the full restoration of the hearse, from the original silk interior to the sterling silver lamps.

 







1941 Antique Packard Hearse

 

Another favorite among our visitors is a mint condition 1941 Packard Hearse.
Acquired from its original owner, this hearse was in service for 66 years at a funeral home in Syracuse, NY.
This Packard hearse has won numerous national car show awards.

 







Coffins and Caskets

 

The museums’s coffin and casket exhibits feature numerous items from the Bob Rouse collection (1906).

 

– 1852 Solid Walnut Ice Chest, also known as a cooling board. Before the practice of embalming, the body would be placed into one of these for viewing and preserved until burial.

 

– 1906 Solid Rosewood Coffin and Solid Pine Outside Shipping Case

 

– Celebrity Replica Caskets

  • Ronald Reagan
  • President John F. Kennedy
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Elvis Presley
  • John Wayne
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Howard Hughes
  • Mickey Mantle

 







Embalming

 

The museum’s embalming exhibit features a replica of a 19th century embalming room with all the equipment and surgical supplies needed for embalming in the family’s home, which was customary during that era.

 





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