LANCASTER LORE
Tidbits of History
 
Lancaster was the second county on the Northern Neck. The first was Northumberland, formed in 1648 from the Native-American region known as Chicacoan. Northumberland was soon found to be too large to govern, and Lancaster was formed in 1651 from part of it and part of York County, which dated to1634. In those days, a section of Lancaster was on the other side of the Rappahannock. Lancaster now has a land area of 133.2 square miles and a shore line of 264.7 miles.
 

MBWML ANNOUNCEMENTS
MUSEUM & LIBRARY HOURS
2/16/2017
 
RESEARCH LIBRARY Open Wed-Thu-Fri 10-4 and Sat 11-3; Appointments suggested but not required. MUSEUM & GIFT SHOP Open Wed-Thu-Fri 10-4; Current exhibits in Lancaster House: Portraits of Lancaster Families and George Washington in Art; Interiors of Old Jail and Clerks Office closed for renovations. *MUSEUM & LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED MARCH 9 for staff development.All facilities closed major holidays and holiday weekends.

WELCOME TO OUR WEB SITE!
The Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library has been serving the families of, and visitors to, Lancaster County and Virginia's Northern Neck since 1958. We invite you to enjoy and use this web site to learn more about our past and become part of our present and future.

OUR MISSION
To discover, collect, preserve, understand and interpret the history of Lancaster and surrounding counties of the Commonwealth of Virginia for the enjoyment and educational benefit of all residents, succeeding generations and visitors to the area.

VISIT US!
We are located at 8346 Mary Ball Road (Route 3) in the heart of Lancaster's historic court house village, 7 miles NW of Kilmarnock and 25 miles SE of Warsaw. Driving directions are available to help you find your way.

HOURS
Appointments are not required for individual visitors or researchers. However, as a volunteer organization, our regular schedule may be subject to changes and we welcome you to call to confirm your planned visit. Other museum and library hours may also be available by appointment. Group visits should be arranged in advance.

Check the "Annoucements" sections at the top of this page and the Genealogy & History Library page for current hours of operation.

ADMISSION FEES

MUSEUM:

  • $3 admission to the museum buildings and grounds.
  • Free admission to MBWM&L Members (excludes some special events). Join MBWM.

GENEALOGY & HISTORY LIBRARY:

  • $5 Library use fee per day.
  • Free entrance to MBWM&L Members. Join MBWM.

GENEALOGY & HISTORY LIBRARY ONLINE RESEARCH TOOLS

  • Card Catalog: Searchable, online card catalog of books and research materials located in our Library.
  • Lancaster County Estate Records 1835-1865 Database: Searchable, abstracted data from Lancaster County Estate Books from 1835 to 1865, with genealogical and historical information about decedents, beneficiaries, spouses, slaves, and more.