Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Slider Posts |

Historic Port Royal, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995, invests in Port Royal by restoring historical, non-privately owned structures, operating museums, and keeping alive the town’s legacy and rich history.
 
In 2012, Historic Port Royal, Inc. opened “The Port Royal Museum of American History”, shown here, to welcome visitors to the Town of Port Royal, in a way that captures and excites your imagination. The museum is located at 506 Main Street, Port Royal, Virginia 22535, and displays artifacts linked to the John Wilkes Booth capture, as well as other treasures preserved since 1744. For operating hours and additional information, click on PLACES TO VISIT PORT ROYAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY for additional information.
 
We also have three additional museums available for private tours (click on any of the following for more information): “THE PORT ROYAL PORTRAIT GALLERY“, “THE PORT ROYAL MUSEUM OF MEDICINE”, and “THE OLD PORT ROYAL SCHOOL”.
 
 
Settled in 1652, the area was first inhabited by the Algonquian Tribe of Native Americans. The town was chartered in 1744, around Roy’s Tobacco Warehouse, and soon became an important center of commerce and trade.
The Civil War touched Port Royal directly in May 1863 when elements of the 24th Michigan and 14th Brooklyn Regiments attacked the town. In April 1865, John Wilkes Booth, infamous for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, sought refuge in Peyton House on King Street, and was later captured a short distance away.
 
The 20th Century saw a rise and fall of businesses due to changing traffic patters from Route 301 to I-95. A resurgence of interest in the town’s restoration began in the 1970s and continues today, through efforts of concerned home owners and the driving force of Historic Port Royal.