Welcome to the
Town of Montross
Montross is a small town located in the historic Northern Neck of Virginia. The population of the town counts 390 people. Montross is the County Seat of Westmoreland County. The town has historic roots as it is located near George Washington's birthplace and the Stratford Hall Plantation.
The town is considered the mural capital of Virginia as it has eleven beautiful murals located on different buildings within the town quarters. The town has recently gone through a revitalization program that has turned it into a destination for art lovers as well as antiquers.
When Westmoreland County was formed in 1653 from part of Northumberland County, the first courthouse was erected on the property of the newly appointed sheriff, at an area now called Currioman, overlooking Currioman Bay. A new high sheriff, John Lord, was appointed in 1658, and in 1667 he directed that a new courthouse be built on property he owned near the center of the County, at a site that is now Montross. A town began to grow around this new courthouse. As was customary, the town was named after the County, and so Montross was called Westmoreland Courthouse until 1752.
In 1751, an Irish merchant, William Black, purchased 110 acres of land surrounding the Courthouse and began to operate a store on the property. Black owned a ship that he used to bring goods from England. The ship was called the Montross, after Black’s native town of Montross, Ireland.
Shortly after Black began his business, references to the Town of Montross, Virginia, began to appear, and at some later time the Town was officially given that name. Since then, the Town has continued to play an official role as the Westmoreland County seat. Montross also serves as a commercial center for the County.
Montross Town Hall
15869 Kings Highway
PO Box 126
Montross, Virginia 22520
Phone - (804) 493-9623
Fax - (804) 493-9036
The Town Hall is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.