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Mary Ball Washington Museum

Rr 3 At Lancaster Court House
Lancaster, Virginia

Phone: 804-462-7280 --

Statement of Purpose:

Our mission is to discover, collect, preserve, understand, and interpret the history of Lancaster County and surrounding counties of the Commonwealth of Virginia, fullfilled through exhibits, programs, research, and collaborative activities.

Honors Mother of Washington. Born in Lancaster County. Dedicated to preservation and exhibition of articles of historic importance.

Highlights & Collections:

In the Lancaster House (circa 1830), we offer changing exhibits on different themes of local and regional history. Also, we offer a walking tour of the Court House Green which has been the center of local government since 1742. This tour includes a visit to the Old Clerk's Office (circa 1797) and the Old Jail (circa 1819) interpreted as they would have appeared in the 1850's.

The Virginia Textile Collection - contains over 500 items from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. Includes wedding and christening gowns, children's clothing, ladies' costumes, quilts, coverlets, headwear, footwear, and accessories.

The Paper Collection - consists of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, prints, correspondence, maps, and commercial books spanning over the last three centuries illuminating the history of Northern Neck families, regional commerce, social life, and local cultural traditions. To date, contains over 8,000 items.

The General Regional History Collection - contains 2,000 items including furniture, glassware, ceramics, Early American tools, and Militaria.


A Ladies Handiwork: 19th Century Samplers and Embroidery

March 1-31, 2000

Northern Neck Working Decoys

March 14-May 31, 2000

Quilting Bee

April 26, 2000

The Tavern Quilters will demonstrate the art of quilting and the significance of the quilting bee. Opportunities to register for a quilt raffle will be available.

19th Century Tool Exhibit

May 20, 2000

Imagine trying to fell a tree without a chain saw, or plowing a garden without a tractor. Come see how they did it way back when.

Mary Ball Washington Museum Annual Meeting

May 20, 2000

Medicinal Herbs

June 10, 2000

Find out how to cure a headache without aspirin. Treat a cough without codeine. Flavor soups, stews, and other dishes with herbs from the past.

Ice Cream Under the Old Sycamore

July 1, 2000

Begin your holiday activities with a relaxing afternoon under the 1809 Sycamore on the Cout House Green. We'll churn the ice cream the old fashioned way.

The Civil War in Lancaster County

July 22, 2000

A presentation by author Keith Kehlbeck.

2001 - Lancaster County 350th Anniversary Celebration


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Key Personnel:

Florence Davis, Executive Director

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