Westmoreland County’s rich history is ready for exploration at historic sites, museums and beautifully restored colonial homes that are open to the public.
Though the home where Washington was born burned in 1779, you can still visit the original foundation and a replica of the original home, both part of a living colonial farm.
Leedstown - Bray's Church
Once a busy port town on the Rappahannock, all that remains of Leedstown today is what are thought to be the foundations of Bray’s Church, where 115 patriots convened in 1766 to sign the Leedstown Resolves, the forerunner of the Declaration of Independence.
The James Monroe Birthplace interprets our fifth President’s humble beginnings with a newly constructed visitor’s center at the site of his family home and farm. The birthplace site does double duty as a park, with walking and bicycle trails and lots of open space.
Stratford Hall was the home of the storied Lees of Virginia and the slaves who served them. The Great House, grounds and outbuildings–including a working grist mill–are fully restored. There are miles of walking trails down to the 14-million-year-old cliffs on the Potomac River.
Alexander Graham Bell used this grand Victorian home on the Potomac River in Colonial Beach as his summer place. It is a privately owned bed and breakfast.
Courthouse Square at Montross
The original Westmoreland County courthouse was built in 1707. Although no longer used in an official capacity, the courtroom is available for special exhibits and cultural events.
Yeocomico Church is the oldest church in the county. Originally built in 1655 of oak timbers sheathed with clapboards, the church was rebuilt in 1706 with bricks fired in a nearby kiln.
Kinsale is the oldest port on the Virginia side of the Potomac. The Kinsale Museum traces the village's history from its beginnings as a colonial port, through the bustling steamboat days to the present.
This 1904 wooden Chesapeake Bay workboat is such a rare example of a Virginia-built skipjack, it’s on the National Register of Historic Places.
Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society Library (Westmoreland County Genealogy)
The Society maintains a collection of materials for genealogical and historical research at the Westmoreland County Museum.