The Colonial Beach Historical Society was formed in 1994 to promote and preserve the history of this region. Their efforts led to the opening of the Museum in 1998.

The Society rescued an historical house from destruction. The building became the Museum where artifacts and photos are displayed, telling the story of our town. Today the Museum shares that history -- which includes the Potomac River, oyster wars, gambling -- through personal collections and much more.

In 2003, the Museum was selected to host the Smithsonian exhibit “Yesterday’s Tomorrow.” In 2005 the Museum was loaned James Monroe artifacts from the Foundation Museum in Fredericksburg.

The Museum also participates in the area wide program, “History-on-the-Go.” Over fifteen museums in the Northern Neck take programs into local schools and provide hands-on activities and share our unique history with local children.

The Historical Society supported the Jamestown 2007 celebration and was included as one of the stops on the re-enactment of the journey by John Smith.

Click to download a membership application for the
Colonial Beach Historical Society Museum.

Image: 1909 postcard