History buffs and woodworkers alike will enjoy touring the Moser Legacy gallery, living museum, showroom and gift shop. Visitors can experience the historic furniture company just the way it was 100 years ago. The Moser Furniture Company of Lynchburg, Va. (1915-2005), a vintage furniture shop, was acquired, preserved and relocated to its current location in Buena Vista by Ron Southard.
The woodworking shop doubles as a living museum and classroom. Visitors can see demonstrations of the charm and nostalgic appeal of a vintage, line shaft and listen to the heartbeat of a belt-driven woodworking shop.
The museum and gift store, staffed by Ron’s wife, Carol, features not only the memorabilia of the Moser Furniture Company but also a collection of hand tools, reference books, samples of Moser furniture and similar period pieces.
One of Southard’s goals is to continue to collect and display Moser Company artifacts, authentic Moser pieces and general furniture making and woodcraft memorabilia.
In addition to the vintage woodworking equipment and tools, there are copies of the original catalogs showing each piece of furniture by number and for each piece, indexed patterns for most of the furniture pieces built by the company from 1915-1005. The collection is complimented with a number of authentic Moser Furniture originals, some dating back to the late 1920s.
Southard, an architectural engineer for 38 years in BuenaVista, built, owned and operated the airport for 22 years. His interest in woodworking is recently revived.
The museum, 27951 CR 319, is across from the Central Colorado Regional Airport and next to the Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity ReStore. It is open Monday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. It is advisable to call 530-7207 for up-to-date hours or private tours. Cost is $5 adults, $3 seniors (65+) and students, children under 13 $1.