HOURS OF OPERATION as of Sept 2022

Open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 10:00-4:00 and special Saturday hours Oct 15, 12:00-3:00 (see events).
Current exhibit: “Digging Into Archaeology: Uncovering Pieces of Lancaster’s Past” with artifacts and interpretation from William Ball’s Millenbeck and Thomas Carter’s Barford.

Open by advance appointment only.
Please see Library page for information.



$13 per Quart
Pre-Orders required by Oct 26, but quantities may sell out sooner!
Pickup Sat Nov 5, 11:00-1:00.

Lancaster Stew (chicken, tomato, corn, lima beans)
Bean & County Ham Soup
Tuscan Vegetable & Bean Soup (vegetarian, gluten-free)
Lex’s Chicken Noodle Soup
You can also DONATE Quarts for the Community to support LVHS and the Northern Neck Healthy Harvest Food Bank

Call 804-462-7280, download pdf flyer, or

Saturday, October 15, 2022
The Honorable Armistead S. Nickens
Historical Highway Marker Unveiling and Community Celebration


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). Born into a free family, his ancestors included at least 12 veterans of the Revolutionary War and he is also credited with establishing one of the county’s first schools for African-American education and being an early advocate of what is now known as the Downing bridge.

11:00 AM – Marker unveiling and dedication (near 621 Kamps Mill Rd and Rt 3).
LIVE STREAM courtesy of Campbell Funeral Home at www.facebook.com/campbellfuneralhome27bluffpointroadkilmarnockva/live

12:00-3:00 PM – Community celebration on the Historical Society grounds (Lancaster Court House) with food truck sales, music, museum tours, library research info, and vendors and displays offering community enrichment for all and supporting local entrepreneurs, especially African American businesses. Free admission; pay-as-you-go for food and vendors; donations appreciated for museum visits.

Tent-covered seating offered at unveiling, but attendees are encouraged to bring own chairs for extra seating and for celebration on historical society grounds.

Rain plan: Marker Dedication will be under tent cover; Celebration will be moved to Trinity Church Pavilion in Lancaster Court House.

Co-hosted by the Nickens and Aytes Families, Lancaster Virginia Historical Society, Kilmarnock Museum, Historic Christ Church & Museum, and Lancaster Community Library.

Tuesday, October 25, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
LVHS Annual Membership Meeting and History Talk

Guest Speaker: Richard Covington, author of Northern Neck Fishing Steamers Go to War: Turning Fishboats into Warships [World War I]

To attend in-person (at Lancaster Community Library, Kilmarnock): Free and open to the public, but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUESTED to ensure seating. Contact history@LancasterVaHistory.org or 804-462-7280.

To watch live on Zoom: Free Registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/lvhs2022reg. Zoom link will be emailed to you immediately after registering.

Business meeting following by author talk and book signing. Recording of speaker presentation will be posted later online.

BUY THE BOOK: Click here to buy online, call 804-462-7280, or visit Museum Shop Wed-Fri 10-4. Also for sale at event. Softcover $19 or hardcover $29, plus tax/shipping. 10% discount for LVHS Members. Contact us for exact pricing and autograph requests.

2022 PAST SPEAKER SERIES – Videos Available

(FREE Youtube recording) “Left Behind: Tales of the Underground Railroad” Historical Storytelling by Sheila Arnold. Based on written experiences of freedom-seeking enslaved persons in the early 1800s. Presented July 26, 2022 by LVHS and Lancaster Community Library in partnership with LCL Adult Summer Reading Program. Click here to watch recording for free on LCL Youtube.

(Zoom recording) “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. Presented Thursday, June 9, 2022. Click here to order access to the Online Recording. Free for LVHS members; $5 for public.

(Zoom recording) “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. Presented Thursday, May 12, 2022. Click here to order access to the Online Recording.
Free for LVHS members; $5 for public.

(Zoom recording) “Where History and Fiction Intersect: Writing the Story of Rev. David Lindsay of Wicomico Parish Church” by Nan Harvey, author, researcher, and Lindsay descendant. Presented Thursday, April 14, 2022. Click here to order access to the Online Recording. Free for LVHS members; $5 for public.

(Zoom recording) “Historical Architecture: How to Read Virginia’s Old Houses” by Dr. Carl Lounsbury, William & Mary professor and retired Colonial Williamsburg architectural historian. Presented March 17, 2022. Click here to order access to the Online Recording. Free for LVHS members; $5 for public.

Click Here for 2020-2021 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.

Recently Published Book:

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