Winter Hours beginning in January:

Hours will vary as staff work on special projects and may work some days remotely, but we will check email and phone messages frequently. Call 804-462-7280 for further assistance.

Closed January-February. Research requests will not be reviewed during this time. Please see Library page for more info.

Closed to all visitors January-March.



“Drive the Cold Winter Away”
Traditional American Music of 1600-1850

by Ampersand quartet

Watch Free through February 28

Performed at the Dec 11, 2022 joint meeting of
Lancaster Virginia Historical Society and
Northumberland County Historical Society

The Honorable Armistead S. Nickens
Historical Highway Marker Unveiling and Community Celebration
(Free Program Recording)

Watch the free video of the October 15, 2022 marker dedication program
https://www.facebook.com/campbellfuneralhome27bluffpointroadkilmarnockva/videos (Program begins at 16-minute mark)

Armistead S. Nickens (ca. 1836-1906) was Lancaster’s first and only elected Black representative in the Virginia House of Delegates and one of the first Black Virginians to serve in the State Government (1871-1875).

2022 PAST SPEAKER SERIES – Videos Available

“Left Behind: Tales of the Underground Railroad”
Historical Storytelling by Sheila Arnold.
Click here to watch recording on Lancaster Community Library Youtube. (Free for all viewers).

“Audacity and Courage in Uncertain Times: The Life of Hansford Bayton, Black Steamboat Captain and Northern Neck Entrepreneur”
By Dr. Julia Sullivan-Detheridge, great-granddaughter and biographer.
Click here to order access to the Online Recording. (Free for LVHS members; $5 for public).

“Is This an Artifact? Understanding and Identifying Archaeological Finds”
By Dr. Dave Brown, co-director of the Fairfield Foundation and Center for Archaeology, Preservation, and Education in Gloucester.
Click here to order access to the Online Recording. (Free for LVHS members; $5 for public).

“Where History and Fiction Intersect: Writing the Story of Rev. David Lindsay of Wicomico Parish Church”
By Nan Harvey, author, researcher, and Lindsay descendant.
Click here to order access to the Online Recording. (Free for LVHS members; $5 for public).

“Historical Architecture: How to Read Virginia’s Old Houses”
By Dr. Carl Lounsbury, William & Mary professor and retired Colonial Williamsburg architectural historian.
Click here to order access to the Online Recording. (Free for LVHS members; $5 for public).

Click Here for More Past Program Recordings

Free Zoom Program Recordings

Holley Graded School Memories, 1922-1959

Presentation by LVHS researchers about the history of Holley Graded School (founded 1868 in Northumberland County), particularly Black educational experiences in the early-to-mid-1900s. Features audio clips from 13 former students interviewed in 2002 as part of the Closing the Gap Lower Northern Neck African American Oral History Project. Originally presented February 22, 2022.

Holley Graded School Past, Present, and Future

Roundtable discussion with members of the Holley School Inc Board of Directors, Trustees, and school alumni to share additional memories, history, and the school’s role today as a museum and community center. Originally presented Sunday, February 27, 2022.


Northern Neck Fishing Steamers Go to War: Turning Fishboats into Warships [WWI]

By Richard Covington, 2022. 55 pages packed with information and images covering the history of Squadron Four Atlantic Fleet Patrol, the small, extensively modified Chesapeake Bay Menhaden fishing boats and their brave crews in World War I. In 1917, eight wooden-hull, steam-powered fishing boats from the Northern Neck of Virginia were taken into service by the U. S. Navy, armed, and sent to France, where they patrolled for submarines, swept for mines, and rescued fellow ships and sailors under dangerous conditions. Read more. Softcover $19, hardcover $29, plus tax/shipping. 10% discount for LVHS Members. Click here to buy online, call 804-462-7280, or visit Museum Shop Wed-Fri 10-4.

FREE VIDEO OF AUTHOR TALK at October 25, 2022, LVHS Annual Meeting. https://tinyurl.com/LVHSAnnualMeeting2022Video
(Guest speaker presentation begins at 35 minute mark)

Two Centuries of Slavery in Lancaster County, Virginia

By Lois Crane Williams, 2021. The author brings together a range of primary records and secondary research information concerning the history of slave labor and enslaved people in Lancaster County from the mid-1600s to mid-1800s, and offers statistics and larger patterns that can be drawn from the study of these sources. Paperback, 149 pages. Read more. $20 +sales tax, shipping (LVHS Members $18). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE online, call 804-462-7280, or visit the LVHS Museum Shop Wed-Fri 10:00-4:00.

FREE VIDEO OF AUTHOR TALK: Watch a talk (given before the book was completed) by Lois Williams, at the October 26, 2021, LVHS Annual Membership Meeting. https://tinyurl.com/LVHS2021AnnualMeetingVideo