The oldest museum in the Northern Neck was established to display Charles Willson Peale's 1768 portrait of William Pitt, the British Parliamentarian behind the repeal of the Stamp Act. Exhibits and programs present and interpret Westmoreland County history from pre-colonial times to today. Displays include:
- artifacts discovered at the sites of Indian settlements and early plantations,
- full-length portraits of key figures in the County's early history, and
- items associated with Presidents Washington, Madison and Monroe.
The museum houses the Northern Neck Historical Society Library, an extraordinary genealogical research resource. The collection includes Northern Neck vital records, family histories, reference works, military histories, church and cemetery guides, Northern Neck town and county histories, immigration lists, census records and microfilm of the Northern Neck News from 1879-1939. You may conduct research at no charge during regular business hours. There is a nominal fee for photocopying.
Children love TimeTravelers, a statewide program of the Virginia Association of Museums. Students get a passport when they join the program and have it stamped each time they visit one of the 350 eligible places or events in Virginia–including the Westmoreland County Museum. Participants earn T-shirts, patches and other gifts as they accrue stamps.
The Presidents’ Garden
Gardeners will enjoy the museum’s Presidents’ Garden. It was the first garden in the region designed by Charles Gillette, one of the premier landscape architects associated with the restoration and re-creation of historic gardens in Virginia and the upper South from the 1920’s to 1960’s. The formal design features marble busts of George Washington, James Madison and James Monroe by Attillio Picciarilli, the same sculptor who carved the Lincoln Memorial.
The museum does not charge for its services, but accepts contributions and welcomes new members. Membership includes a 10% discount at the Museum Store, invitations to museum events and the museum’s quarterly newsletter, The Resolves. The Patriot level of membership includes special library privileges, exclusive exhibit previews and excursions to other historical and cultural sites. Click to learn more about membership options and to join now.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Westmoreland County Museum and Library
43 Court Square
P.O. Box 247
Montross, VA 22520