LANCASTER LORE
Tidbits of History
 
Among the favorite events in Lancaster County of a hundred or so years ago were the annual Wharton Grove revival meetings. Begun in 1893 and continuing until 1927, they attracted people to the Weems area from all over the Chesapeake. Some came for religious purposes, others for social ones. The founder's son, James Wharton, wrote years after Wharton Grove's closing that "It was carnival time laced with sermons, hymns and good old time gospel fellowship." As many as 10,000 people attended the meetings each year, many arriving by water to tie up at Wharton Grove's quarter-mile pier at a site just above the present-day Norris Bridge.
 

MBWML ANNOUNCEMENTS
MUSEUM & LIBRARY HOURS
6/23/2016
 
REGULAR HOURS for JUNE: LIBRARY Open Tues-Fri 10:00-4:00 and Saturdays 11:00-3:00. JULY: Closed all Tuesdays. Open WED-Fri 10:00-4:00 and Saturdays 11:00-3:00 except closed July 2. MUSEUM AND GIFT SHOP Open Wed-Fri 10:00-4:00 and 11:00-3:00 on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month May-July (May 14 & 28, June 11 & 25, July 9 & 23). American Quilts exhibit in Lancaster House extended through August 26.

QUILTS OF VIRGINIA Lecture & Trunk Show
6/18/2016
 
July 21 program $15 ($10 MBWML members). See our facebook event page or download a flyer.

NEW: BEYOND THE BOOKS Newsletter May 2016 issue
4/29/2016
 

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.