Essex County Museum and Historical Society


218 Water Lane, PO Box 404
Tappahannock, Virginia 22560

Category: Local Museum


Open- Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat 10:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.

Closed: Sunday and Wednesday and Holidays. Suggest visitors call in advance during winter months

Cost of Admission: Free; donations accepted

Gift Shop: Rappahannock River Gift Shop on site

Handicap Accessible: Yes


Telephone number: 804-443-4690 (museum number)



Our exhibits and memorabilia highlight the history of Essex County, the people and their contributions. It covers the time from John Smith, the Native American Indians, the Steamboat Era and all the changes it brought to the region. We feature the African Americans who made a significant contribution to the growth of Tappahannock. We have changing exhibits that focus on particular periods of history and interest, e.g. currently our WW 1 Centennial exhibit displaying a uniform and items from local men who served. The museum now has on permanent display our restoration project of a cannon whose barrel indicates was made in 1864

We have a very nice gift shop which features many books written by local authors, beautiful handwoven baskets and much more. We also have a research room that provides an opportunity to research local ancestors.

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