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Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library

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Address: 8346 Mary Ball Rd, Lancaster, VA 22503-2519
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History museum and genealogy research center for Lancaster County and the...

History museum and genealogy research center for Lancaster County and the surrounding Northern Neck area. Founded in 1958, the historical society was named in honor of George Washington’s mother who was born in the County. The site encompasses the 1820s Old Jail, 1797 Clerk’s Office, and 1830 Lancaster House buildings in the Lancaster Court House Historic District. Changing exhibits feature antiques and artifacts on a variety of local topics. Library offers an extensive collection of genealogy and history research materials. Gift Shop with local books and Virginia products. Admission and research fees charged.

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Went to third annual oyster festival food was great but they ran ou.t of raw oysters too soon and no fritters this year

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 November 2015
Kevin C
Richmond, Virginia, United States
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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

Went to third annual oyster festival food was great but they ran ou.t of raw oysters too soon and no fritters this year

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MBWML, Manager at Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library, responded to this review

Thanks for letting us know about your experience at our recent event. We are glad some of the food met your expectations and you mostly enjoyed your visit. Although the steamed oysters and chicken stew were plentiful, we are sorry you were disappointed by the limited supply of raw oysters and our decision to discontinue the less-popular fritters. We appreciate... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2014

This is a small but important museum especially for family's with young children. I'd suggest making it part of a family day trip down rte 3. Start with George Washington's birth place followed by Robert E . Lee's home and ending up here at the Mary Ball Washington Museum. What We liked about this museum was the sense of what... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2012

I am used to museums that have rooms and rooms of displays. This one has 2 rooms and a couple of additional outbuildings. I was glad to see the preservation effort, but didn't feel that the presentation made me understand what it was really all about. The building housing the collection, a jail and an additional outbuilding comprised the whole... More 

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