. Northern Neck Farm Museum

12705 Northumberland Hwy.

Burgess 761-5952

The late Luther Welch donated the property and much of the equipment to create a museum on the history of farming in the Northern Neck. The big red barn houses a photographic exhibit of farms, an American Indian exhibit and farm equipment such as antique tractors, hand tools, planters, seed hullers and butter churns. Other exhibits include a children’s area and an exhibit on Northern Neck rural electrification.

The gift shop features many items including a first edition collectible tractor and toys. Hours are Sat. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and Sun. 1–4 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children over 6, and children under 6 are free.

Northumberland County Historical Society

86 Back St.

Heathsville 580-8581

Located next to the old jail in Heathsville, the Northumberland County Historical Society has museum displays, assists visitors with family genealogical research and sponsors public lectures. The current exhibit is Northumberland County and World War I. A planned exhibit for this summer is on archaeological discoveries at John Mottram’s home on the Coan River. Mottram was the first white “leader” on the Northern Neck.

Open Wed.–Fri., from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tours offered during the Heathsville Farmers Markets and by appointment.

Reedville Fishermen’s Museum

504 Main St.

Reedville 453-6529

The museum offers visitors a glimpse of the rich heritage of the fishermen and watermen of Virginia’s Northern Neck and the Chesapeake Bay.

In addition to the main museum gallery housing its permanent and changing exhibits, the museum features the Pendleton Building with its boat and model workshops and Christmas railroad exhibit, and the historic William Walker House.

In the water, the museum showcases the Claud W. Somers, a 42-foot skipjack built in 1911, which offers tours twice monthly, and the Elva C., a 55-foot traditional workboat built in 1922, which offers tours to members.

The museum hosts a summer concert series, offers a gift shop and is open Tues.–Sat. from 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and Sun. from 1- 4 p.m. May through Oct. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for children under 14.

Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern

73 Monument Place

Heathsville 580-3377

The last surviving 1700’s structure of its kind on the Northern Neck is the restored Tavern and community square. It includes a gift shop, foundation office, blacksmith shop, woodworkers shop, spinning and weaving studio and Carriage House. The Transportation Museum Building houses a permanent exhibit of the Chicacoan Oak. The museum also offers a community room for rent and various classes in heritage arts.

Heritage Arts Center: Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 580-3536. Blacksmith hours: Tues., Thurs., Sat. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Spinning and weaving: Wed. and Sat. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Quilt Guild hours: First Tues. of the month, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Culinary Guild: First Tues. of the Month, 2–3 p.m., Woodworkers: Fri. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Tavern Cafe: 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Thurs.–Sat. Tavern Foundation hours: Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–noon.