United States Virginia Lancaster Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library
The Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library is located in Lancaster, Virginia and is named for the mother of George Washington. Mary was a native of Lancaster County and was the granddaughter of one of its earliest emigrants, William Ball I. The museum opened in 1958 with the goal of preserving the history and records of Lancaster County.
The library has a collection of about 10,000 books, manuscripts and periodicals that cover over 350 years of genealogical history, particularly in Lancaster County but also extending to the Northern Neck and including Middlesex and Essex counties in Virginia. There is research materials on adjoining states as well. The goal of the museum has been to recapture the rich history and the stories of the people of the Northern Neck.
Besides the Museum and Library, the complex consists of five separate buildings; that comprise the old Lancaster Courthouse Historic District including the Old Jail (1820), the Clerk's office (c.1797), the Steuart Blakemore Building (c.1900) and Lancaster House.
The Museum and Library are open to the public who may participate in educational programs, trace family histories and tour all of the historic buildings and their exhibits. The address of the Museum and Library is 8346 Mary Ball Road, Lancaster Virginia 22503, Phone 804-462-7280. The library advises that you call ahead to confirm the hours of operation, special events, and fees.
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