Due to Tropical Storm Isaias, NCHS will not open to the public August 5, 6, or 7. We will open by appointment only August 12 with our normal hours of 9AM to 4PM. All library guests and staff are required to wear masks at all times and maintain the social distancing of six feet. State-mandated directives for re-opening a business will be followed. We look forward to seeing you.
*Reopening is subject to change depending on the spread of Covid-19.


The Northumberland County Historical Society is planning to hold an abbreviated Annual Meeting which is *tentatively scheduled for Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 2:30 PM. There will be a brief business meeting followed by the musical program "Colonial Historical Triangle: Celebrating Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown" to be presented by Timothy Seaman.
*This depends on the spread of Covid-19.



Welcome to the Northumberland County Historical Society website. We are located just off the Courthouse Square of Heathsville, VA in Northumberland County. You are invited to browse our website and learn more about the heritage of those who came before us and to become a part of the future of Northumberland County. Our building is now more accessible to everyone. There are stair lifts to all three levels plus the ramp at the back of the building.

The newest museum exhibit at NCHS features artifacts from the archaeological dig at Coan Hall. Dr. Barbara Heath, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and her students have been working at this site for several summers. They have contributed several European artifacts as well as Native American artifacts to this exhibit from the home of Northumberland County’s first recognized leader, Col. John Mottrom. The exhibit also features a display on the details of what is happening at the site. This exhibit is open to the public during the normal hours of operation for the Historical Society.


The Society exists to preserve the history and genealogy of the people as well as the memory of the historical events of Northumberland County, Virginia. It is also the mission of the Society to educate the public in the rich history and genealogy of Northumberland County, the “Mother County” of the Northern Neck of Virginia.

The Bulletin

Published since 1964, The Bulletin of the Northumberland County Historical Society is well known both locally and nationally. The Bulletin contains original articles on the people, places, and events of Northumberland County and the Northern Neck of VA, chronicling our history since the seventeenth century. Copies of all issues since 1964 may be purchased by calling or e-mailing the Society during business hours.

Research Fee Charges

For those who come into our library to do their own research, the fee is $10.00 per day for non-members plus 25 cents per page for copies. Members can research in person for free and pay for copies.
For those who send in requests for research by phone, e-mail, or letter, the fee is $20.00 for the first two hours of research plus 25 cents per page for copies requested. If the research goes beyond the initial two hours, the fee is $10.00 per hour. This applies to members or non-members. The Society charges a $10.00 fee for copies of materials in our library made by any electronic device .


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