Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library
The Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library is a local history and genealogy center dedicated to discovering, collecting, preserving, understanding, and interpreting the history of Lancaster County and surrounding areas in the Northern Neck of Virginia. The non-profit organization is named in honor of the mother of George Washington who was born in Lancaster County. Museum admission includes self-guided tours of changing exhibits on a variety of local topics featuring items spanning more than 350 years of history, and the historic buildings of the Old Jail (c. 1821), Clerk's Office (c. 1797), and Lancaster House (c. 1830). Special events and educational programs for all ages are offered throughout the year. Library visitors will find an extensive genealogy and history research facility with thousands of volumes concerning court records, census data, family histories, church records, county histories, vital records, and other materials for Lancaster and the region. A separate library research fee is required. The Museum Shop features a variety of gifts, souvenirs, locally-made products, books, and research publications. Located on Route 3 in the Lancaster Courthouse Historic District and listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Landmarks Register. Please call or see website for hours.