(434) 432-1085 or (336) 260-8217
16 South Main Street, Chatham, VA 24531

Museum Information

Bill Simpson, Founder

Bill Simpson, Founder

History of the Simpson Funeral Museum, Inc.

In the summer of 2013, the Simpson Family started the project to open Simpson Funeral Museum. The location of the museum is the original site of the first funeral home in Chatham, Virginia, in the late 1800’s.


Having been in the funeral service business for 52 years as a licensed funeral director, embalmer and owner of Mastercraft Casket Company, it has always been a passion of Bill Simpson’s to open a funeral museum. After many years of planning and preparation for the opening of the funeral museum, Mr. Simpson has realized his dream. The Simpson Funeral Museum serves as a historical resource to provide the public a with learning experience on the history of funeral service.


Admission and Hours of Operation

Admission to the Simpson Funeral Museum is free. We are a 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization. Donations are welcome!


The museum is open to the general public Wednesday through Friday from 10am to 2pm, and Saturday from 9am to noon. Private tours are available by appointment.


Our Board of Directors

Sen. Charles R. Hawkins, President
Wm. C. “Bill” Simpson, Founder/Secretary -Treasurer
David L. Fuquay, Board Member
Kenneth P. Scott, Jr., Board Member
Charles M. Williams, Board Member


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