Virginia Historic Sites
The Northern Neck is filled with Virginia historical sites and
Essex County Museum and Historical Society
In Tappahannock historic district. Exhibits feature Rappahannock
Indians, Colonial and Confederate eras, African-Americans, and
Rappahannock River steamboats; archives of family papers. Unique
gift shop. Tappahannock, Virginia, essexmuseum.org, 804.443.4690.
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
The historic core of the Washington family plantation on which
George Washington, our first president, was born. Administered by
the National Park Service. Oak Grove, Virginia, nps.gov/gewa,
Historic Christ Church
Completed in 1735, this Virginia historical landmark is the best
preserved of Colonial Virginia's Anglican parish churches. The
Christ Church features history of church and Robert "King" Carter.
Irvington, Virginia, christchurch1735.org,
Exhibits of business and commerce of Kilmarnock. This Virginia
historic site recalls the early days of the bustling town, first
known as Steptoe's Ordinary, settled in 1719. Open Thursday,
Friday, Saturday, 11am-3pm. Kilmarnock, Virginia ,
King George Museum
Named for King George I, the county was split off from Richmond
County and formed in 1721. Museum and research center located in
old jail. King George, Virginia, 540.775.9477.
Kinsale Foundation and Museum
Kinsale Museum chronicles life in a vibrant port. Enjoy a
walking tour of Kinsale's historic district. Open year-round,
Friday & Saturday-10-5. 449 Kinsale Road, Kinsale, Virginia, kinsalefoundation.org,
804.472.3001 or 804.450.7651.
Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library
Named in honor of Lancaster native and mother of George
Washington, the museum features local history exhibits in the old
jail, clerks office, and Lancaster House and houses an extensive
genealogy research collection. 8346 Mary Ball Road, Lancaster,
Home of Declaration of Independence signer Francis Lightfoot Lee
circa 1769. Visitors center depicting architectural conservation.
Hike trails to Cat Point Creek through 325-acre wildlife refuge.
Warsaw, Virginia, menokin.org, 804.333.1776.
Morattico Waterfront Museum
Housed in the 1901 Morattico General Store building with views
of the Rappahannock River and Lancaster Creek. Exhibits on the
cultural history of a working watermen's village. Open May through
October, Saturday noon-4pm, Sunday 1-4pm. 6584 Morattico Road,
Museum at Colonial Beach
Operated by Colonial Beach Historical Society. It traces the
town's history from Captain John Smith in 1608 to the present.
Colonial Beach, Virginia, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Northern Neck Farm Museum
From washing machines, to tractors, sawmills and
windmills...it's all at the Northern Neck Farm Museum. Exhibits on
Northern Neck Agriculture. Open April through October,
Saturdays 10am-2pm and Sundays 1pm-4pm.
Call for appointments. 12705 Northumberland Highway, Burgess,
Virginia, nnvhs.org, 804.761.5952.
Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society
Collects, preserves, and disseminates information and material
of every nature relating to the history, antiquities, and
literature of the Counties of Northumberland, Lancaster,
Westmoreland, Stafford, Richmond, and King George. Research
Library, Montross, Virginia, 804.493.1862.
Northumberland County Historical Society
Founded to preserve the 1844 Old Jail, one of many Virginia's
historic sites. Ball Memorial Library and Museum next door includes
genealogy and local history library, meeting rooms, and upstairs
museum. Beginning January 2011, open Wednesday-Friday, 9am-4pm. 86
Back Street, Heathsville, Virginia, 804.580.8581.
Reedville Fishermen's Museum
The Reedville Fishermen's Museum is dedicated to preserving the
heritage of the fishermen and watermen of Virginia's Northern Neck
and the Chesapeake Bay. Sail on our historic skipjack. Visit our
museum. Participate in our events. 504 Main Street, Reedville,
Richmond County Museum
Tells the story of rural Richmond County through exhibits,
events, and school programs. Rappahannock Indians, Jones Memorial,
Menokin exhibits. Hanging chamber and country store. Located in
1872 jail. Warsaw, Virginia, www.co.richmond.va.us,
Steamboat Era Museum
Created to preserve, educate and interpret the era of the
steamboats that plied the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its
tributaries. Theatre, interactive video stations, dioramas,
artifacts, models, paintings, photos and gift shop. Open
Thursday-Saturday. 10am-4pm, Sunday 1-4pm. Irvington, Virginia, steamboateramuseum.org,
This Virginia historic landmark was built in 1730s. Stratford
Hall was the birthplace of Robert E. Lee and home of the only two
brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence, Richard Henry and
Francis Lightfoot Lee. Visit the Great House, the Mill, and the
rare Miocene Cliffs formation, found in only three other places in
the world. Hike several nature trails through wooded areas of
1900-acre grounds on the banks of the Potomac River. Stratford
Hall, Virginia, stratfordhall.org,
For more information on historic sites in Virginia, call the
Tides Inn Activities
Team at 804.438.4489.