Historic Christ Church and Carter Reception Center and Museum

420 Christ Church Rd.

Weems 438-6855

The church was built in 1735 by Robert “King” Carter. The museum features artifacts, documents, displays and exhibits of colonial Virginia.

Kid-friendly with interactive exhibits aimed at giving children first-hand experience in using colonial methods to construct small structures.

The church, reception center and museum are open to the public Apr.–Nov. from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Sat. and 1–4 p.m. Sun.

Kilmarnock Museum

76 N. Main St.

Kilmarnock 436-9100

Located in the oldest residence in town, this museum features displays and exhibits celebrating Kilmarnock’s past and present.

Rotating exhibits are featured plus displays of local artifacts and a timeline of events throughout area history.

On display are photographs and memorabilia of the construction of the Robert O. Norris Jr. bridge. A display depicting the Northern Neck’s “Believe it or Not” is about incidents and things relating to the area that are unbelievable. The museum also features exhibits which celebrate Kilmarnock’s namesake city in Scotland.

The museum is open Tues.–Sat., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Free.

Mary Ball Washington Museum

8346 Mary Ball Rd.

Lancaster 462-7280

Named after George Washington’s mother, who was born in Lancaster county, this museum located in the Historic District comprises three historic buildings and library. More than 350 years of area history is on exhibit in the 1797 clerk’s office, 1821 jail, and 1830 Lancaster House.

The Genealogy and History Library provides more than 7000 reference materials including local court records, census data, business information, vital records, county histories, church records, and family files. The card catalogue is available online. The museum also offers living history presentations.

Open Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Research library open Wed.–Sat. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments suggested but not required.

Check website for complete listing and hours.

Morattico Waterfront Museum

6584 Morattico Rd.


Housed in a 1901 General Store building, the museum offers exhibits of an old fashioned country store, the history of the work life, gear and aqua-culture of local watermen of the village. Also on display are Native American artifacts, photos, oral histories and documents relating to village history. A free village map is available for touring.

The museum is open Sat. noon–4 p.m. and Sun. 1–4 p.m. May–Oct.

Northern Neck Sports Wall of Fame

60 South Main Street

Kilmarnock 435-1211

The Northern Neck Sports Wall of Fame features plaques with bios and photos of individuals past and present that have excelled in sports from the Northern Neck of Virginia. Free. Located inside The Sports Centre. Open Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

St. Mary’s Whitechapel

5940 White Chapel Rd.

Lancaster 462-5908

Records identify the builder of the church as James Jones, the grandfather of President James Monroe. Originally the church was rectangular in shape. North and south wings were added in 1741 to accommodate a growing congregation, resulting in a cruciform or “cross plan” shape. Early items still in possession are the Ten Commandments and 1669 Chalice.

Steamboat Era Museum

156 King Carter Drive

Irvington 438-6888

The museum offers a visual history of the steamboats’ importance to area commerce, culture, social connections and life in small towns along area rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Find dioramas, oral histories, models, artifacts, paintings, photos and audio and interactive components.

Experience vignettes of various steamboat rooms such as a typical stateroom, wheelhouse, boiler room, galley and dining room. The exhibit includes a six foot map showing steamboat wharf stops.

Group tours by appointment. Admission: Adults– $5.00. Children under 12 and active military–free. Reopening June 11.