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Robert Washington Sydnor

New to the Museum: Confederate Dollar Bill

New to Westmoreland County Museum’s collection: a 1862 Westmoreland County, VA Confederate dollar bill. It was donated by Charles Sydnor in memory of Robert Washington Sydnor. Thank you, Charles, for your wonderful donation!

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William Pitt (Lord Chatham)

Inside the Museum: Did you Know?

Did you know that the portrait painted by Charles Wilson Peale of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, tells a story in symbols?

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Robert Carter

Robert Carter

Robert Carter the Councillor was born in February 1728, son of Robert and Priscilla (Churchill) Carter and grandson of Robert (“King”) Carter (q.v.) He attended the College of William and Mary, spent 1749-51 in England, and on his return married on April 5, 1754, Frances Tasker, youngest daughter of Benjamin Tasker of Maryland. The couple […]

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Charles II

Charles II

James I (1566-1625) was King of England at the time of America’s first English settlement. Jamestown was named for him. It was also he who authorized the translation of the Bible into English in 1611.

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Archibald Campbell

Archibald Campbell

Archibald Campbell (1708-1774) emigrated to Virginia circa 1741. His family, who were members of the Scottish gentry, saw that he was well educated, possibly with a D.D. degree from Edinburgh University, although this cannot be confirmed. Early on he became a prominent member of the Westmoreland County gentry holding positions as Rector of Washington Parish, […]

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John Smith & Pocahontas

John Smith & Pocahontas

Our “Leedstown on the Rappahannock” portrait pictures John Smith and Pocahontas, though they never met at this site, they each have a Leedstown story. In 1608, John Smith exploring the river with a party including six soldiers and six gentlemen, landed at King Passesseck’s village site, now, Leedstown.

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Lord Thomas Fairfax

Lord Thomas Fairfax

Lord Fairfax at the time of his arrival was the only resident peer in America. He arrived in upper Machodoc Creek of Westmoreland County in 1735 to inspect and protect his vast five million acre proprietary. After several years he returned to England but came back to Virginia permanently in 1747, settling temporarily at Belvoir, […]

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Robert Lee

Robert E. Lee

Robert Edward Lee (1807-1870) is the most prominent of the distinguished members of the Lee family born in the big sunlit bedroom on Stratford’s upper floor. Destined to become the General in Chief of the Confederate Armies, young Robert slept in the graceful crib still in its place.

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Slave labor

Tobacco, Settlers, and Labor

Here in the Northern Neck, tobacco was the cash crop and plantation life revolved around the production of this highly profitable plant. Such a labor intensive operation in the isolated and sparsely populated Northern Neck could not have successfully functioned without forms of slave labor.

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John Marshall

John Marshall

John Marshall, the immigrant, settled in Washington Parish on land in the Oak Grove vicinity which he purchased from William Underwood and John Washington. His son Thomas (1655-1704) farmed 1,200 acres, was captain of the County Militia, and was known as “John of the Forest.” His son Thomas (1730-1802) grew up with and was a […]

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