The Westmoreland County Museum was established in 1941 and became the first museum to open regularly in the Northern Neck. The museum was built as a replica of Wakefield, the birthplace of George Washington to display the portrait of William Pitt (Lord Chatham) painted by Charles Willson Peale in 1768.
Pitt was an instrumental member of Parliament responsible for the repeal of the Stamp Act Major objection to this tax was voiced in Westmoreland County by way of the Leedstown Resolves, a document signed by 115 of Westmoreland County’s well known residents including the Lee and Washington families. The Pitt painting began Peale’s 60 year career as America’s most famous portrait artist. There are eighteen other portraits honoring important residents of Westmoreland County throughout its long history. The museum provides numerous exhibits and programs to remind visitors of the important role played by the county and its people in Virginia’s and the nation’s history.
The Westmoreland County Museum also houses the county information center and is the location of the Presidents’ Garden, the first garden designed by Charles Gillette in the Northern Neck and a project of the Garden Club of Virginia, honoring Virginia’s eight U.S. presidents.
Hours of Operation:
Westmoreland County Museum and Library
43 Court Square
Montross, VA 22520
Year Round: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm