Menokin
Historic Sites • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Menokin's mission is to use the historic ruin and the surrounding built and natural environments to transcend the traditional house museum experience. We use contemporary methods to create opportunities for the public to contemplate and explore the building of America. This National Historic Landmark includes hiking trails, a kayak launch, Visitors Center, and more.
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4037 Menokin Rd, Warsaw, VA 22572-3063
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malinda g
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Friends
The staff members today, 4/12/2022, were excellent, extremely informative and personable. My 3 sisters and I were so pleased with the entire exhibit, inside and outside. We loved the concept of the project and the vision of the future.
Written 12 April 2022
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Brandon Gerding
Lima, OH964 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
At first I was disappointed that the house wasn't encased in glass. But then I thought how cool it was to see this property before it was and definitely want to revisit and see it after the glass project. Definitely was a hidden gem that I enjoyed visiting.
Written 23 June 2020
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Ann H
Urbanna, VA1 contribution
Jul 2019
We enjoyed our visit here. There is a story told of the original inhabitants of the house, and there is a preservation story going on now. The docents were interesting. We are glad we went!
Written 8 November 2019
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HT Hinson
Farnham, VA21 contributions
Aug 2019
Tour of this place in history is a must see when you are in this area of the Northern Neck in America!! visit website @menokin.org.
Written 19 October 2019
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MDhereandthere
Bethesda, MD63 contributions
Sep 2019
This was our first trip to the Northern Neck, and we did not know anything about Menokin before visiting. We're glad we came. It's not easy to find, but well worth the trip, in particular the hard hat tour of the restoration-in-progress.

The visitors center is a good introduction to the history of the property. Being able to see in detail--and touch--wood trim, windows, doors, and other stored and catalogued artifacts from the original house is fascinating. It's remarkable how well they have been preserved, considering their age.

The hard hat tour is well worth the $15 fee. Walking through and around the building allows you to see masonry (brick and stone), carpentry, stucco, and roofing from the original structure, and gives a good glimpse of the construction methods of a bygone era. The planned work will restore existing areas of the original building, and will have structural glass walls and flooring for the other areas. It will be a creative design that respects the original without artificially rebuilding what is missing.
Written 8 September 2019
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Thank you for visiting and for the great review. Much appreciated!
Written 9 September 2019
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Newport718
Charlottesville, VA4 contributions
Aug 2019
A fascinating historical site, in the process of a creative preservation effort. Interesting exhibits and photographs, and very enthusiastic staff...very much worth the visit! We were happy to help support the preservation work with purchases from the gift store.
Written 4 September 2019
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Thank you for coming and for the positive review!
Written 6 September 2019
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Kathleenreed
Montross, VA29 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
This is the third time we have visited Menokin. Each time we have visited, we have seen more progress. The well told stories of the house and land are a part of our revolutionary history. Putting the pieces together offers the guest the opportunity to experience first hand what life was like in the 18th century. We took our teenaged cousins with us this time. While the visitor center offered so much information, the house itself gave us incite about construction and uses of the different parts of the house. We have visited many historic sites. Each one is interesting-this one stands out as unique. We plan to take the hard hat tour in the very near future.
Written 20 August 2019
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Thank you so much for coming and for taking the time to post this review on Trip Advisor! - the Menokin Staff
Written 21 August 2019
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PathfinderMark
Laurel, MD134 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Birdhouses, stained glass, solar paper craft, indigo dying, and even REAL home brick making! It was a great day! They offered free hard hat tours (normally only $15) of the really unusual ruins project (we arrived too late to get it into our schedule).

They even have five geocaches (that is why we originally came)!

We plan to come back again, maybe for the annual Makers’ Event!
Written 20 June 2019
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Thanks for the review! We were so happy with the turnout and that everyone of every age had something to engage in and enjoy. We are already planning next year's event!
Written 21 June 2019
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leslie_doty
4 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Wonderful visit to Menokin only an hour outside of Richmond, Full of history and beautiful sites. The "Hard Hat" guide and Visitor's Center guide were very helpful and informative. Can't wait to visit again in the near future when hopefully they have raised sufficient funds to install the glass walls.
Written 30 May 2019
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Thank you, Leslie. We enjoyed your visit. Our "Raise the Glass" Campaign hit a new high this year of $3M so far -- not counting the $500,000 challenge grant Menokin was recently awarded from the National Endowment for the Humanities. We'll get that glass up!
Written 31 May 2019
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Norm G
Norfolk, VA20 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
Menokin had been on my “to visit” list for quite some time, but for one reason or another I just hadn’t gotten around to making the two hour-ish trek- until yesterday. Rather wish I hadn’t have waited so long!

I’m not sure what I was expecting beyond the opportunity to see the ruins of a colonial-era home. The visit was this and so much more. To begin with, the grounds are beautiful- slightly rolling fields and woods- with few modern intrusions save for those few elements supportive of the historical site and its operation. The site’s trails are nice and it’s a pleasant and shaded walk down to the creek where there’s a kayak/canoe launch. And the two docents working during my visit were extraordinarily friendly and knowledgeable.

But as to the main attraction: the house. Absolutely majestic in a vestige-from-a-bygone-age sort of way. When you visit Menokin (and it should be when, not if), I recommend forking over the money ($15 at the time of this writing) for the “hard hat tour,” which affords you the opportunity to explore the ruins from below, above, and throughout. This allows one to appreciate the craftsmanship that went into the house’s construction ca. 1769 and is what makes Menokin different from most other historical sites Ive had the opportunity to visit- it’s not a restored old home complete with costumed interpreters; its ruin is its strength; Menokin is vibrant and deeply fascinating architectural archaeology, a glimpse in the craftsmanship of the past.

Once in a while during historical ramblings you might encounter a site that “speaks” to you, resonates on some core level. For me, Menokin was such a place. Highly recommended!
Written 26 May 2019
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