Attractions

 

HISTORY & HERITAGE

Armstead Tasker Johnson High School Museum
One of the first African-American high schools in the Northern Neck. Serves as a repository of historical artifacts and memorabilia. Montross, 804-493-7070

Dahlgren Heritage Foundation
The Dahlgren Heritage Foundation is working toward the opening of a new museum in King George County, Virginia, that will be a center for community education, recreation, unique exhibits and stunning naval artifacts. dahlgrenmuseum.org

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, 804-443-4690 essexmuseum.org

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, 804-224-1732 nps.gov/gewa

Historic Christ Church
Completed in 1735, Christ Church is the best preserved of Colonial Virginia’s Anglican parish churches. Features history of church and Robert “King” Carter. Irvington, 804-438-6855 christchurch1735.org

James Monroe Birthplace
Honors our fifth president who was born and raised in Westmoreland County. The James Monroe Birthplace Park is open daily. Museum and Vistor Center is open Saturday & Sunday during the Summer months. Free. Annual birthday celebration to be on April 27, 2013, at the Birthplace located at 4460 James Monroe Highway, Colonial Beach, 804-214-9145 monroefoundation.org

Kilmarnock Museum
Exhibits of business and commerce of Kilmarnock. Recalls the early days of the bustling town, first known as Steptoe’s Ordinary, settled in 1719. Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 11am-4pm, March 8-December 15. Free! 76 N. Main Street, Kilmarnock, 804-436-9100

King George County Historical Museum & Research Center
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. Museum open on Thursdays and Saturdays, 10am- 2pm. Call 540-775-9477 OR email us at kghistory@verizon.net to make an appointment to visit on other days. King George, 540-775-9477 kghistory.org/

Kinsale Foundation and Museum
Kinsale Museum chronicles life in a vibrant port. Enjoy walking tour of Kinsale's historic district. Open year-round, Friday/Saturday-10-5. 449 Kinsale Road, Kinsale, 804-472-3001 or 804.450.7651. kinsalefoundation.org

Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library
Named in honor of George Washington's Mother, a Lancaster native, this county history and genealogy center features a variety of exhibits in the 1797-1830 buildings and an extensive research library. 8346 Mary Ball Road, Lancaster, 804-462-7280 mbwm.org

Menokin
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, 804-333-1776 menokin.org.

Morattico Waterfront Museum
Located in the Historic District of Morattico on the Rappahannock River, the Morattico Waterfront Museum is housed in the 1901 general store building, which served the community for over a century. Exhibits feature watermen’s activities, general store memorabilia, Virginia Indian artifacts, early families, the Morattico steamboat wharf, fishing, farming, and hunting. Open Saturdays noon-4pm and Sundays 1-4pm, May through October. 6584 Morattico Road, Morattico, 804-462-0532 morattico.org

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, 804-224-3379 museum@colonialbeach.com

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, 804.761.5952. thefarmmuseum.org

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, 804-493-1862 nnvhs.org

Northumberland County Historical Society
Founded to preserve the 1844 Old Jail. Ball Memorial Library and Museum next door includes genealogy and local history library, meeting rooms, and upstairs museum. Beginning January 2011, open Wednesday-Thursday-Friday, 9am-4pm. 86 Back Street, Heathsville, 804-580-8581

Reedville Fishermen’s Museum
Located in the heart of Reedville, Reedville Fishermen’s Museum is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the lower Chesapeake Bay and the watermen who have plied their trade here for hundreds of years. Sail on our historic skipjack. Visit our museum. Participate in our events. 504 Main Street, Reedville, 804-453-6529 rfmuseum.org.

Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern
Restored 18th century tavern now operating as a restaurant and store. Tavern tours show how people lived and traveled in 18th and 19th century. Heathsville, 804-580-3377
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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, 804-333-3607 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 Thurs.-Sat. 10am-4pm, Sunday 1-4. steamboateramuseum.org. Irvington, 804-438-6888

Stratford Hall
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, 804-493-8038 stratfordhall.org

Westmoreland County Museum
Oldest museum in the Northern Neck. Established as a permanent home for Charles Willson Peale’s portrait of William Pitt (1768).Montross, 804-493-8440 westmoreland-county.org