Lively is a community in Lancaster, Virginia. Known for its southern hospitality and long history, Lively is a great place to visit or live. While you’re here, be sure to check out The Oaks restaurant. The customer service and yummy meals are both top notch. The Corner is another great spot in town-perfect for lunch or dinner.

Lively is just a short drive to Kilmarnock and Irvington, and many other attractions of the Northern Neck.

Historical Sites

Mary Ball Washington, mother of George Washington, was born in Lively.

Mary Ball Washington was born in either 1708 or 1709 in Lancaster County, Virginia. She was the only child of Joseph Ball and his second wife, Mary Johnson. Her father died when Mary was 3 years old. Her mother remarried and young Mary’s step-father died a short time later.

Mary inherited considerable land, livestock, slaves, and possessions from her father and her step-father. When her mother died in 1721, Mary lived with her half-sister, and that same year her half-brother died and left her more land. By the time she was a young teen, Mary had inherited over 1,000 acres of land.

Mary Ball married Augustine Washington on March 6, 1731. The Washingtons lived at Popes Creek in the Northern Neck of Virginia where they had 3 children: George (1732), Betty (1733) and Samuel (1734).

In 1735, the family moved to Little Hunting Creek (later called Mount Vernon) and 2 more children were born: John Augustine (1736) and Charles (1738).

Three years later, the family moved to Ferry Farm in what was then King George County, Virginia (now Stafford County). Mary’s last child, a daughter named Mildred, was born soon after the move, but lived only a short time.

Fox Hill Plantation is located in Lively. It was built about 1820, and is a two-story, five bay, “L”-shaped brick dwelling with a hipped roof. Also on the property are the contributing two-story, three-bay brick kitchen and pyramidal-roofed smokehouse.

Fox Hill Plantation is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Don’t miss the change to stop by Lively if you’re passing through the area-you won’t regret it!