Mary Ball Washington Museum


8346 Mary Ball Road
P.O. Box 97
Lancaster VA 22503

Museum Wed-Fri 10:00-4:00;
Library Tues-Fri 10:00-4:00, Sat 11:00-3:00;
Closed January
Recommended to call in advance to verify hours at 804-462-7280.

Cost of Admission to the Museum $3; The Library has a $5 daily use fee.
There is a Gift Shop on Site.
The site is Not Handicap Accessible.

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Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library serves as a history and genealogy center for Lancaster County and Virginia’s Northern Neck. MBWML’s mission is to discover, collect, preserve, understand, and interpret the history of Lancaster and surrounding counties for the education and entertainment of visitors, residents, and succeeding generations.


Our organization is named in honor of the Lancaster County native and mother of President George Washington, but our location in the Lancaster Court House Historic District was not Mary’s birthplace or home. She was born and spent her early childhood at the Joseph Ball property, later called Epping Forest, located about 5 miles away. The MBWML complex includes the 1797 Clerk’s Office,
 1820s Jail,
and circa 1830 Lancaster House. Museum exhibit galleries in these historic buildings feature changing exhibits on local topics and selections of household goods, furniture, clothing, textiles, paintings, photographs, documents, and other artifacts spanning 350 years of area history. The Genealogy & History Research Library contains thousands of books, files, and published records about Lancaster, the Northern Neck, and other Virginia locales. Reference materials include court records, county histories, census data, and vital statistics, church and cemetery records, family genealogies, and more. The Gift Shop & Bookstore has one of the area’s largest selections of regional books and research publications along with souvenirs, heritage items, and local products.

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