The mission of the Lancaster Virginia Historical Society (LVHS) is to discover, collect, preserve, understand and interpret the history of Lancaster and surrounding counties of the Commonwealth of Virginia for the enjoyment and educational benefit of all residents, succeeding generations, and visitors, and for the vitality of the area, fulfilled through exhibits, programs, research and collaborative activities.

Since the founding of our Museum and Library in 1958, our organization has continued to be an important and relevant resource for historical and genealogical research and educational outreach about the people, places, stories, and events of Lancaster’s past, and our region’s role in the history of Virginia and our nation.


PHONE: for fastest assistance during our business hours, call 804-462-7280. See the home page for current hours.

E-MAIL: Administrative Office, Museum, and Gift Shop. We will reply as soon as we can, but please understand that our small staff cannot review all emails immediately.

E-MAIL: Genealogy and History Research Library. We will reply as soon as we can, but please understand that our small staff cannot review all emails immediately.

Mailing Address: PO Box 97, Lancaster VA 22503

Physical Address: 8346 Mary Ball Rd, Lancaster, VA 22503.

We are located on Route 3 (Mary Ball Rd) in the heart of Lancaster Court House, a designated historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia State Landmarks, 7 miles NW of Kilmarnock and 25 miles SE of Warsaw in the lower part of Virginia’s Northern Neck peninsula. Travel time from Richmond, Fredericksburg, or Newport News is approximately 1 and 1/2 hours.

Lancaster Virginia Historical Society is a legal DBA name of Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (FEIN 54-0975119) and Virginia non-stock corporation.

Board of Directors

President, Alexis C. G. Forrester
Vice-President, Alice M. Cooper
Secretary, Betty Booth Pettyjohn
Treasurer, Carolyn Ridgway Cook
Capital Campaign Chair, Ammon G. Dunton, Jr.
Margaret L. Forrester
Ann Cordes Harvey
Vera Lee
James M. Long
Denise Pope Mazyck
Helen T. Palmer
Garfield M. Parker
Lois Crane Williams
Tyron Williams


Executive Director, Karen Hart
Programs & Operations Assistant, Melanie Marquis