3 of the Best Things to Do at the Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library

Do you know where the name for the Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library came from? The mother of our first United States president, of course! She was born eight miles away from this historic complex, also known as the Lancaster Virginia Historical Society. Today, you can visit the museum and open your mind to a world of fascinating stories dating back over 350 years. So, what are you waiting for? Read on and learn how to immerse yourself in some Northern Neck history! Just make sure to get your free Vacation Guide before you go! It’s full of ideas for local museums and historical sites you can add to your itinerary!

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Your Guide to the Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library

1. Tour Historic Buildings

For an admission price of only $3, you get an opportunity to explore several buildings in the Lancaster Court House village! These include the Old Jail from the 1820s, the Old Clerk’s Office Office from 1797, and the Lancaster House that dates back to 1830. And, each one houses changing exhibits, providing insight into the early days of the Northern Neck. Take a walk through, and you might see photographs, letters, furniture and more!

2. Dive Into Centuries of History

Are you fascinated by the world of genealogy? Then, you’ll love the Genealogy & History Research Library here! It’s home to thousands of resources ranging from books and periodicals to marriage records. If you’ve ever been curious about a piece of Northern Neck history, chances are they have the information you’re looking for. It costs $5 to use the library for the day, and researchers can even help you for an additional fee!

3. Take Home Unique Souvenirs

Before leaving the Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library complex, make sure you see what they have for sale in the gift shop! You can find a variety of books, maps, and even CDs. In addition to enjoying these unique pieces of history, you’ll be supporting the Lancaster Virginia Historical Society’s mission to preserve Northern Neck history!

Stay Nearby at a Historic Bed and Breakfast!

Before the Hope and Glory Inn was a bed and breakfast, it was a 19th-century schoolhouse! So, after exploring the history at the museum, you can return to our inn for a relaxing evening at another historic property 15 minutes away. Each of our rooms and cottages has a unique design, and all of them will provide you with the peaceful getaway you’ve been dreaming of.

Bedroom in Cottage 3 at the Hope and Glory Inn

As soon as you step inside Cottage 3, the bright decor and cozy accommodations are sure to put you in a good mood. Whether you’re lounging in the country-themed living room or resting in your luxurious bed, there will only be one thing on your mind — relaxation! And, you’re always steps away from enjoying wine and oysters at our award-winning vineyard!

Book your stay today and experience our paradise in Irvington, VA! See you soon on the Northern Neck!

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