Begin in prehistoric days with a model of the Zeuglodon, explore the land of the Rappahannock Indians as Captain John Smith did, see artifacts of the English Colony, War of 1812 and the Civil War, experience the story of African –Americans in Essex and rediscover the colorful era when steamboats landed at wharves along the Rappahannock River.

Children will enjoy a natural habitat exhibit featuring birds and animals native to our area.


Historic Bulletins contain scholarly articles about Essex County, Virginia and her citizens. Past Bulletins have documented the design of the California State Seal by an Essex local and Muscoe Garnett of Ben Lomond.

Newsletters update museum activities and events. Yearly letters from the President, stories from social events such as the Spring Membership Gala and Exhibit updates keep our membership aware of what their museum accomplishes.


From pre 1608 to the Modern Era, track Essex’s journey through time. Essex County has a rich history with plentiful primary source material to draw from to paint a complete picture of each era.


The largest family document collection held by the museum and historical society comprises over 3000 items which had been stored for generations at Epping Forest, home of the Rouzies and Bairds in upper Essex.