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Virginia’s Northern Neck

Visitor’s Guide Including Middle Peninsula

The Resource Guide for the Chesapeake Bay Region Since 1990

Historical Sites Open every Friday and One of the many Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. historical sites in From May 1st to October Westmoreland County is and open Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. the former “One room Also open by appointment. school house” the Elba Kinsale, 804-472-3001. School. Built around the Menokin: Home of turn of the 19th Century, Declaration of Independence th e school prov ided Elba Schoolhouse signer Francis Lightfoot Lee. teaching for first through sixth grades to as few as six to twenty- Now a ruin, the house sits on 500 acres at Cat Point Creek. Open Monday-Friday 10 four students in the immediate vicinity. The school house sits just off Oldhams a.m. to 4 p.m. Weekends by appointment Road in a field which is frequently only. Warsaw, 804-333-1776. Museum at Colonial Beach: This planted in corn, soybeans or wheat. Travelers on Oldhams Road are able to museum traces the town’s history from Captain John Smith in 1608 to the present see the back of the school building. A.T. Johnson High School Museum: and is operated by Colonial Beach One of the first African-American High Historical Society. Open SundaySchools in the Northern Neck, which Saturday 1 – 4 p.m. Colonial Beach, serves as a depository of historical 804-224-3379. Richmond County Museum: This artifacts and memorabilia. Montross, museum portrays the story of rural 804-493-7070. Ball Memorial Museum: Historic Richmond County through exhibits, foundation and library, with an extensive events, school programs and activities. genealogical and historical records and Located in old jail (circa 1972). Warsaw, 804-333-3607. museum. Heathsville, 804-580-8581. St. Mary’s White Chapel: Established Kilmarnock Museum: Exhibits of business and commerce of Kilmarnock. in 1669 has a Historic graveyard. Oldest Recalls the early days of the bustling known altar tablets in the Commonwealth town, first known as Steptoe’s of Virginia. Lancaster, 804-462-5908. Steamboat Era Museum: Honoring Ordinary, settled in 1719. Kilmarnock, the golden age of steamboats. Irvington, 804-436-9100. King George Museum: Named for 804-438-6888. Hours: ThursdayKing George I. The County was split off Saturday 10-4; Sunday 1-4. Westmoreland County Museum: from Richmond County and formed in 1721. Museum and research center Oldest museum in the Northern Neck. is located in an old jail. King George, Established as a permanent home for Charles Wilson Peale’s portrait of 540-775-9477. Kinsale Museum: Housed in an 18th William Pitt (circa 1768) and home to the century pub, features exhibits and Northern Neck of Virginia Historical artifacts of the life in a seaport Society. Montross, 804-493-8440. community. Steamboat era exhibits. 10

A Step Back in Time…

The Manor House


estled in the quaint countryside of Virginia’s historic Westmoreland County, located in the heart of the Northern Neck, you will find General’s Ridge Vineyard and Winery. There to give you a warm and gracious welcome to the 100 acre plantation, are owners Richard L. (Rick) Phillips, Major General USMC (Ret) and wife, Linda. It has been the Phillips’ dream and passion to explore the science, practice and study of vineyard production. Take a step back in time and stay in the plantation’s Manor House which has graced the property for 150 years. You will remember special moments as you have a cup of coffee on the front wrap around porch as the sun rises over the vineyard or take a simple stroll through the secluded grounds. You will love the quiet evenings when you can hear a symphony of night sounds or see the magical lights of the fire flies as twilight nears. Comfort awaits you when it’s time to snuggle into one of the Manor House’s cozy bedrooms. Vineyard Views Cottage is a charming two bedroom elevated cottage overlooking the vineyard. Sip a glass of wine on the deck as you gaze on the vines that produced the grapes from which it was made. Recently, Vineyard Views was mentioned in Coastal

Vineyard Views

Living Magazine as well as on as one of the 10 great wine getaways. The Phillips are producing wines from their 13 varieties of grapes and few vineyards embody the seductive flavor of the grapes grown on this plantation. They are excited for you to see their

Somewhere in Time

latest production, the newly constructed “Somewhere in Time” wine tasting facility (grand opening Spring 2011).


Visit on weekends to taste their wine while sitting at a bar constructed from vintage doors or enjoy the wine museum and tasteful antiques. Step outside into “The Vines Room”, an outside 40’ x 50’ screened porch for your wine tasting enjoyment. Or plan your next special event in this spacious facility. General’s Ridge Vineyard and Winery sets the perfect stage for a romantic

off site business meetings. It offers a distinctively relaxing environment to help motivate a team of employees. Come stay a night or a week at the General’s Ridge Vineyard and Winery, You can visit other local wineries on the Chesapeake Wine Trail; take a short drive to historic Port Kinsale on the Potomac River, which was prominent during the War of 1812; or just have fun seeing all the attractions in this, the cradle of our nation and enjoy the timeless appeal and rural charm of the Northern Neck. Reservations and hosts: Rick and Linda Phillips 1618 Weldons Drive, Hague VA 22469 M-Th: 703.313.9742 F-Su: 804.493.0226 Special events: Bettie & Trevor Musso Tel: 804.493.0767 Fax: 804.493.0267 Email:

wedding. A wedding is a special time that you and your family will remember for the rest of your lives, so why not choose a location as memorable as the moment. The recently enlarged Carriage House is a unique location to hold receptions or

*HQHUDO·V5LGJH9LQH\DUG :LQHU\ A step back in time . . . The perfect retreat . . For a quiet, weekend get-a-way, a vacation, an off site business or banquet meeting, a wedding, an anniversary, a family reunion or any special event. The Manor House $ZRUOGRISHDFHDQGEHDXW\LVKLGGHQDPRQJWKHJUDSHYLQHVRI*HQHUDO¶V5LGJH9LQH\DUG :LQHU\6HUHQ ity will greet you at The Manor House or Vineyard Views on this one hundred acre retreat. Relax and enjoy tasting wines in the newly constructed ³6RPHZKHUH LQ 7LPH´ ZLQH WDVWLQJ IDFLOLW\  *UDQG 2SHQLQJ Spring 2011. 9LVLW RQ ZHHNHQG¶V IRU D ZRQGHUIXO ZLQH WDVWLQJ H[SHULHQFH. Spend a day or a week at our facilities while you tour other local wineries and attractions in the historic Northern Neck of Virginia. Directions: From Rt. 3, turn onto Rt. 621 east (Nomini Grove Rd.). Stay straight and merge onto Rt. 600. Follow Rt. 600 and turn right at VWRSVLJQRQWR1RPLQL+DOO5RDG7XUQOHIWRQWR5W :HOGRQ¶V 'U *RDERXWRQHPLOHWR*HQHUDO¶V5LGJH9LQH\DUGRQOHIW Hosts: Rick & Linda Phillips Tel: 703.313.9742 (M-Th) Tel: 804.493.0226 (F-Su) Website: Email:

Vineyard Views 1618 Weldons Drive, Hague, VA 22469


Shopping Guide f a unique shopping experience is what you enjoy you have found it. There are no malls here, only the simple life. However, you will certainly find items here that you will not be able to find elsewhere, handcrafted art, homemade goodies and books about the area. Northern Neck is famous for a number of artists who have their paintings displayed and for sale in a number of shops and galleries. Shopping here is unique in many ways. There are antique shops everywhere and if you are a serious antique shopper you are sure to go home with something. Most of the village shops are owned and managed by area


residents. The items on display reflect their personal tastes, talents and interests. You may be a little surprised at the outstanding quality and wide range of selections to be found. While traveling through the area, you will want to stop at one of our farmer’s and seafood markets to sample fresh produce and seafood. On the first Saturday of each month the Irvington Farmer’s Market, second Saturday of each month the Urbanna Farmer’s Market, the third Saturday of each month, the Heathsville Farmer’s Market, and the fourth Saturday of each month the Kilmarnock Farmer's Market (May thru October) are among the favorites.



Elderly Treasures. Featuring country antiques, furniture, glassware, tools, toys, etc. Open Thurs.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm. Located at 7424 Kings Highway, on route 3 between G.W Birthplace and Stratford Hall. Montross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .804-224-8895

Foxy In Kilmarnock. Country Club Casual, Dressy, Resort, Jeans & Tees. Jewelry and accessories Petite, Missy & Plus. Open 6 days/week. 24 West Church Street. Kilmarnock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .804-435-2200

Kilmarnock Antique Gallery. The Northern Neck’s largest Antique Mall, open 7 days a week, 10 am – 5 pm 100 plus dealers featuring Oyster Plates, Primitive to Fine Traditional Furniture, Majolica & Staffordshire, Silver, China, Grandfather Clocks, Art, Persian Rugs, Flow Blue, Jewelry, Collectibles, Coins, Unique gifts, Consignment and much more! We conduct Estate Sales & WE BUY ANTIQUES!! Kilmarnock Visitor Information Center. (across from the school) 144 School Street. Kilmarnock 800-497-0083 or 804-435-1207 (see ad page 15)



Fine Art Global Exchange. Original European oil reproductions for your home -- an excellent anniversary gift, a perfect wall decoration for any room and affordable copies of the masters through the ages. Send the Fine Art Global Exchange your favorite photograph to be converted into a beautiful oil painting. 144 School Street. Kilmarnock . . . . . . .800-497-0083 or 804-435-1207 (see ad page 5)

Material Girl Quilt Shop. Fabric, notions for quilting. Classes. Punchneedle & hand dyed wool. Tues-Sat. 10-5. 16658 Northumberland Hwy Reedville, VA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .804-453-6003

GIFTS Ross’s Rings & Things. Fine jewelry & gifts since 1974. “Where the heirlooms of tomorrow are handcrafted today!” Find us at 200 Irvington Road (Route 200). Kilmarnock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .804-435-3529 (see ad page 15)

A-lbañez Museum (AIM) & Sunrise Studio Gallery. Monthly Art Shows, Poetry & Music activities. 199 Whitaker Lane, Kilmarnock, Va. 22482 . . . . . . . . . . . .804-435-2880 Fine Art Global Exchange. Original European oil reproductions for your home -- an excellent anniversary gift, a perfect wall decoration for any room and affordable copies of the masters through the ages. Send the Fine Art Global Exchange your favorite photograph to be converted into a beautiful oil painting. 144 School Street. Kilmarnock . . . . . . .800-497-0083 or 804-435-1207 (see ad page 5)

FARMS Westmoreland Berry Farm. Oak Grove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .804-224-9171 (see ad page 23)




Ross’s Rings & Things. Fine jewelry & gifts since 1974. “Where the heirlooms of tomorrow are handcrafted today!” Find us at 200 Irvington Road (Route 200). Kilmarnock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .804-435-3529 (see ad this page)

“Where the Heirlooms of Tomorrow are Handcrafted Today”

WINERIES/WINE RETAIL Belle Mount Vineyards. Handcrafted, premium wines from our vineyards overlooking scenic Cat Point Creek. Vineyard weddings & receptions in our Great Hall. Cottages & picnic area. Tours & Tastings. March 15-Dec. 15, Wed.-Sat. 11 am-5 pm, Sun. Noon-5 pm. 2570 Newland Road Warsaw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .804-333-4700

Fine Jewelry & Gifts Since 1974

Gold Silver Diamonds Colored Gems Jewelry Appraisals Repairs


200 Irvington Road, Kilmarnock, VA 22482


The Northern Neck

Some eateries and B&Bs, a gallery and a book By Kathryn Murray


he Northern Neck is such a large expanse with so many diverse populations and locations, it’s hard to know about it all. I find that to be true even though my profession requires that I travel far and wide quite regularly, which offers the opportunity to find neat places, some old and some new. Over a year ago a friend of mine introduced me to the owner/proprietor of WideRiver Gallery in Colonial Beach. Since then I’ve been there many times and have developed real respect for this entrepreneur, Connie Canby, who exhibits fine artwork— selections that should satisfy most in search of a special piece. Given 10 years living in Manhattan taking advantage of the gallery scene, I hardly expected to find such a place on the Northern Neck. The Gallery—part of the Espresso Coffee Shop building (once the Esso gas station)— offers changing exhibits of artists’ work on a monthly basis. Ceramic work, jewelry, woodworking abound, as well as paintings and fine prints. Prices are reasonable so many are able to work within a budget. Certainly, this is a place to consider especially when coming from DC or returning to Maryland. And every 2nd Friday, year-round, galleries and small shops are open for the evening with refreshments regularly offered.

Quality diverse artwork changes monthly.

Right next door to the Gallery there is a new business, a gourmet food shop—Tides Inn Market—that opened this past year. The young woman who runs the shop, (Caitlin Davis) was trained at the Culinary Institute of America and is the daughter of owners and 16

managers of an affiliated B&B. This little shop is a true specialty shop with soups, entrees and appetizers as well as breads and pastries. Diagonally across the street from the Gallery there's a Who can resist homemade completely different breads and pastries? culinary experience for lunch or dinner. Seaside Restaurant offers excellent Thai or French cuisine. (With a successful Thai Restaurant in Bowling Green, owner Upin Raungtriphop opened the Colonial Beach location in mid-2009). I had heard wonderful things about the food there, so I just had to try it, and try it I did--many times. This article is not the place for a restaurant review, but if you enjoy Thai food or would appreciate fine French cuisine, this should be a destination. Since the establishment is fairly small, reservations are encouraged, especially for weekends (summer A surprising treat on the Northern Neck. months are much more busy). You'll find that Manager Noi Sing will make sure you'll have a very enjoyable and tasty experience. (Open Tuesday through Sunday.) Travelling down the ‘Neck from Colonial Beach, an interesting stop is the antiques place named Fine Things. Located at the light in Callao with perhaps 3000 square feet of “stuff” to ponder, this place is fun. We’re not talking high-end antiques, so don’t go there if you are looking for that special $5,000 chair to go with a table you have. Rather it is a place where numerous vendors have consigned items. This allows for a real possibility of finding a great bargain. So take your time and remember, look upstairs too.

Whether you are in the main house or in an apartment, the Inn offers old-world charm in a location where you can walk to restaurants and amenities.

Lots of stuff and some real bargains, too.

Going a bit more southeast our last “onthe-’Neck” location is Fleeton Fields Bed & Breakfast. Having heard it recommended by friends, and wanting to know more about Fleeton, I decided to invite myself to take a look. Driving into town the sign says, I believe, population 89. And everywhere you look there is water to be seen. Fleeton is charming—just remote enough to be authentic—it hasn’t been overwhelmed by too much progress. So rather than thinking that this is out of the way, you might see this as the center of your vacation universe. From this location you can travel the Northern Neck for day trips whether you are here for a long weekend or for a week. The rooms are charming, and filled with beautiful antiques. During "season" you can experience the gardens of beautiful roses and everchanging perennial blooms. Close to Reedville, the boat to Tangier or Smith Island, a n d e a s y driving distance to Kilmarnock, it is truly a quiet oasis to call home. Elegance in a

Historic, charming, wonderfully located.

Although not a destination, an upcoming book provides great insight into the history and architecture of the Northern Neck. The University of Virginia Press is distributing the just published Historic Sites in Virginia’s Northern Neck & Essex County: A Guide (2011). Preservation Virginia, Northern Neck Branch set out on this project about two years ago. The result is now available to the public. Introductory chapters set the scene for the six chapters covering predominantly pre-Civ il War sites of King George, Westmoreland, Northumberland, Lancaster, Richmond and Essex counties. Twenty-six maps and more than 400 photos provide additional tools for using the Guide. You may be surprised at all of the history that is right outside your door as you drive through this historic area and special part of the world.

timeless surrounding.

The last destination, but not the least is the Essex Inn located in Tappahannock (just across the river from the ‘Neck). New innkeepers oversee a majestic, gracious house in the historic section of Tappahannock—a block from the Rappahannock river. There are rooms both in the main house and also four apartments in a separate building. This smaller building was once the laundry and has been converted. History told through architecture, There are two apartments, I believe, that covering structures great and small. allow for people who travel with a small dog Kathryn Murray is principal broker with River & or cat. What a great opportunity for anyone Rural Realty based in the Warsaw area. She is also an travelling who would like to have a place that avid photographer who carries her camera with her everywhere. Photos in this article are by the author. is cozy and in a beautiful setting. 17

Places to Dine


hatever your taste, you will surely find it here. Whether it is fresh seafood, fine cuts of beef, pasta or fine dishes, you will be pleasantly surprised with the variety of gourmet or casual dining in our area. Most of the restaurants are family owned and operated and are sure to make your dining experience a pleasant one. There are a number of restaurants on the water where you can dine and watch a picturesque sunset while feasting on a fresh seafood dinner. Also, for those of you with a sweet tooth, save room for dessert, as you will not be disappointed!

Crazy Crab Restaurant overlooking Cockrell’s Creek. Chefs specialize in seafood, beef and chicken. Located at the end of 360 East. Reedville.................................................804-453-6789 Lowery’s Seafood Restaurant. Family restaurant serving seafood, steaks, chicken and much more. Great kid’s menu. Now serving weekend breakfast 8 am-10:30 am. Open for lunch and dinner starting at 11:00 am. A Tappahannock landmark since 1938. Tappahannock ........................................804-443-4314 Nate’s Trick Dog Café. The New York Times and the New York Post call it hip and fabulous and, ultimately, delicious. You will too. Irvington .................................................804-438-6363

Nino’s Pizza, Inc. Family owned and operated since 1978 - specializing in Pizza, Pasta and Italian Dinners. Full sized menu & daily $5.99 all you can eat lunch buffet with pizza, pasta & Italian food 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Route 360 Callao......................................................804-529-7548 Sandpiper Restaurant. Est. 1982, we specialize in fresh seafood, hand cut meats, nightly specials and fine spirits, all within a casual atmosphere. 850 Rappahannock Drive White Stone........................................804-435-6176 Willaby's Café. Casual atmosphere. Daily specials, gourmet burgers, delectable desserts. Home of Willaby's Fine Sauces. Full catering services. White Stone........................................804-435-0000


W here Have All The Oysters Gone? By Barbara Jean LeFon


hen Captain John Smith first arrived in the Chesapeake Bay during the early 17th century, he noted such an abundance of oysters that it made it dangerous to navigate his ship! Since then, over the years there has been a steady decline in the number of oysters harvested from those same waters. It has been said that the oyster population of the Chesapeake Bay was once able to filter the water of the entire Bay in about one week! That was many years before these tasty morsels began to drastically decline due to over harvesting, habitat destruction and the diseases of Dermo and MSX which penetrated the oyster population. For instance, habitat destruction was caused years ago by large dredges being dragged across the bottom of the waterways to capture the oysters for harvesting. It was later learned that the watermen were ripping up the natural habitat that was helping to produce large crops of oysters. MSX and Dermo are not caused by viruses, but rather by a single cell protozoa. Neither of the parasites is harmful to humans. These diseases were first identified in the mid-Atlantic in the 1950’s. Dermo is native to the Chesapeake Bay and usually kills oysters in the second or third year. Apparently, MSX was introduced into the region in the 1950’s when an attempt was made to introduce a non-native oyster. Oysters in the Northern Neck have been on the decline since the early 1900’s. Many of the area oyster houses, mostly family-owned for generations, have had to supplement their harvests with oysters shipped in from the Gulf of Mexico. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it now takes the population of Bay oysters a whole

year to filter the same volume of water that was filtered in one week! In the past Virginia was producing 7-8 million bushels of oysters a year. However, recently the oyster harvest has been as small as 20,000 bushels. As a result of the oyster decline, the largest oyster processors in the area have made significant investments in attempting to establish an oyster hatchery program and other aquaculture methods to increase the production of oyster larvae locally to help end its dependence on out-ofstate oyster larvae. The overseer of the Northern Neck hatchery establishment is the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Today, commercial oyster aquaculture, private oyster gardening, the establishment of oyster reefs and even the testing of nonnative species of oysters in our waterways are all promising ways in which we are increasing our native oyster population. Many successful restoration projects are showing that fewer oysters are dying from disease and, together with oyster farming and oyster reef building, are all combining to give cause for an optimistic comeback of the oyster population in Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay.




elcome to our Byways and Waterways in this Great Land of Pleasant Living. While you are here, you will experience our quiet, and relaxing way of life. Use this Guide to find your ideal place to spend your nights, charter your fishing expedition, enjoy our excellent restaurants, shop for priceless antiques or other treasures in our many shops. Enjoy our beautiful nature trails and watch for the many varieties of birds, including the bald eagle. Tour our vineyards, visit our craft shops, and drive our country roads for some of the quietest natural beauty. Visit our excellent museums, historical landmarks and colonial homes. Many of our picturesque towns are located

on the Rivers and the Bay as the main mode of transportation was originally the water. This makes for interesting vistas and you will see some of the best Colonial and Victorian architecture in Virginia. These homes are often open in the spring during Virginia’s Garden Week and also during the Christmas season. When I came to this area to publish the first Northern Neck Visitor’s Guide twentytwo years ago, it was apparent this special place needed a booklet to guide the visitors so they could fully enjoy the many activities and attractions. The Northern Neck Visitor’s Guide was started in 1990 and this is its 22nd edition. Every visit becomes more special to me and I am sure you will feel the same way as you get to know us. —Callie R. Martin, Publisher

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elaxing doesn’t have to mean boring on the Northern Neck. If your interests include hiking, fishing, boating, golfing, nature, art, history or antiques, you’re sure to find it here! While you are here, spend some time touring the countryside by bike or car. The major routes and several scenic byways are marked on the center spread map. Anyone who spends much time in the American Bald Eagle Northern Neck quickly discovers that the quickest route between two points is not fishing villages and see how the hardy always by car. Water is still very much a part descendants of early British colonists still of our transportation system! make their living from the Bay. Be sure to make reservations in advance. The tour boats fill up fast. The beach is on the top of the list for children of all ages and after a day at the beach you can always have some family fun. The Westmoreland Berry Farm and Orchard, home of great fruit, ice cream, and the infamous “goat walk”, is something you will not want to miss. If golfing is your favorite past time, we Merry Point Ferry have several courses that I am sure you will You will find the only two remaining free enjoy. Just call ahead to find the tee times car ferries in Virginia on the Northern Neck. and green fees. Both ferries operate Monday-Saturday from Westmoreland State Park is one of the 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting. The Sunnybank Ferry is a two-car ferry on Route 644 that crosses the Little Wicomico River near Reedville. The Merry Point Ferry is a two-car ferry on Route 604 that crosses the western branch of the Corrotoman River in Lancaster County. No trip to the Northern Neck is complete without a cruise on the Chesapeake Bay. Take the Tangier Cruise to Tangier Island or the Smith Island Cruise to Smith Island. Children enjoying fresh fruit sundaes from There is also a Rappahannock River Cruise Westmoreland Berry Farm. that will take you to Ingleside Vineyards. Along the way view bald eagles as they soar oldest parks in the United States, offering sweeping views of the cliffs of the Potomac overhead. Wander the quaint streets of these remote River. 22

Things To Do If you prefer more leisurely activities, try exploring the many museums and historic sites located throughout the Northern Neck area You’ll also want to check the calendar of events in this book, local paper, or websites, as there is always something going on here.

Or, if you prefer, spend the afternoon shopping. Visit the local art studios, galleries, and antique shops. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious meal at one of our fine restaurants or taverns.

Hobbs Hole Golf Course. 18 holes. Open to the public. Tappahannock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .804-443-4500

BOWLING ALLEYS Kilmarnock Entertainment Center. A USBC Certified Bowling Center. Open 7 days a week offering 16 State of the Art Bowling Lanes, a Pro Shop. Summer, Fall and Winter Leagues. Kids Club. 100 Foot Mega Media Screen, Ping Pong Tables, Fusion Coastal Bar and Grill, a full service restaurant. 16 Town Centre Dr. Kilmarnock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .804-435-PLAY

Piankatank River Golf Club. Off Route 3/33 between Urbanna and Deltaville. Championship course open to the public. Route 707 to 629. Hartfield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .804-776-6516 Tartan Golf Course. Rolling 18 hole layout. Accessible to the public. Membership available. Weems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .804-438-6200

GOLF COURSES Golf at the Tides Inn. The Golden Eagle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .804-438-5501 The Par Three . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .804-438-4454

Westmoreland Westmoreland Berry Berry Farm Farm Visit the Northern Neck’s Favorite Family Fun Farm Goat Walk • Petting Zoo Fresh Berries! Open April to December 1235 Berry Farm Lane Oak Grove, VA

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Virginia’s Northern Neck… Slow down, relax and hurry back!

By Captain Billy Pipkin


warm gentle breeze fills the air, the sky begins to lighten and a symphony of songbirds welcome a new day. As the sun breaks over the horizon, silhouettes of gulls can be seen gliding above the calm waters. This is how a day in ‘our world’ begins. Virginia’s Northern Neck is surrounded by water. You’ll find over 1,100 miles of shoreline offering access to some of the best fishing and boating on the east coast. There are bald eagles, ospreys, ducks and otters, oysters, clams and crabs. But don’t forget our world renowned fishing that has made this region famous for over two centuries. There are numerous species of fish and other seafood available in our waters. The upper rivers offer an array of fresh water fish including catfish, perch, and even large mouth bass. Within the tidal areas of our rivers we find a greater variety

including croaker, spot, flounder, trout, bluefish and striped bass. The protected calm waters of the river and inlets offer small boat owners the opportunity to enjoy the rich yields of our waters without worries of rough water and wave action. Kayaking has grown in popularity among naturalists, birdwatchers, and now anglers. There is nothing like the feeling of hooking a five pound fish and having it pull your kayak. The mouths of rivers in this region are large. They offer many of the same fish found upriver as well as species located in the open waters of the Chesapeake Bay. In the big water, additional fish on the menu include, larger striped bass (up to 50 pounds), Bluefish in the 5-10 pound class, cobia, and lesser known species such as triple fin, pompano, porgy, tautog, and sheepshead. Part of the joy of fishing the open waters of the bay is the wonder


of what’s going to be found at the end of suitable for tiny boats, we have several U.S. Coast Guard approved charter boats available that can take you to the fish. Whether you spent the day exploring or fishing, the rich golden hue of our sunsets is a reminder of the many natural treasures here in Virginia’s Northern Neck. Whether you’re exploring our waters like Huck Finn, wetting lines from your small skiff or chartering one of our sport fishing charter boats, you are sure to find a piece of ‘our world’ left in your heart. Come for a visit, slow down, relax and hurry back!


Nature Trails


TRAIL & DESCRIPTION Barnesfield Park, Highway 301 at Potomac Gateway Welcome Center, King George; 540-663-3205. 175-acre county park on Potomac River with nature trails, picnic areas and playground. Nature trails and beach fishing along Potomac River Shore. Belle Isle State Park, off Route 354, Lancaster County; 804-462-5030. Open year round for hiking, picnicking, guided canoe trips, bridle trails. Boat ramp. Trails follow old farm roads through fields and marshes to Rappahannock River.


5 miles

Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve, Mathews; 804-684-7577. No facilities. Contains constantly changing sandy beach, low dunes, and salt marsh inhabitants. Open year round, but access to lower portion of the property is restricted seasonally from May 1 through September 15 to protect a globally rare coastal insect and beach plant. Bushmill Stream Natural Area, Route 642 off Route 202, west of Heathsville; 804-684-7577. Nature preserve at headwaters of the Great Wicomico River. No facilities. Trail through woods down to stream and marshes. Observation deck overlooks heron feeding area.

Difficulty Level

Easy to Moderate


1.5 miles

George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Route 204, near Oak Grove; 804-224-1732. Monument, colonial farm, visitor center, natural area, picnic area on Pope’s Creek. Walking trails through colonial farm area, woodlands and marshes.



Hickory Hollow Trail, Route 604, off Route 3 in Lancaster County; 804-435-6092. County-owned natural area. Picnic tables. Woodsy nature trail through pines and hardwoods down to Cabin Swamp.

2 miles

Easy to Moderate

Hughlett Point Nature Preserve, Route 605, off Route 200 north of Kilmarnock; 804-684-7577. Long sandy beach on Chesapeake Bay and Dividing Creek. No facilities. Trail through woods and along farm road leads to salt marsh, dunes and beach.

2 miles


Lands End Wildlife Management Area, 757-253-4180. Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries' Lands End Way is situated along the north shore of the Rappahannock River. Eagles and many waterfowl. Large number of neotropical land birds. Rappahannock River National Wildlife Refuge, Route 634, off Route 360 near Warsaw; 804-333-1470. 1,100-acre wildlife refuge along Cat Point Creek. Limited facilities and schedule. Several miles of trails along farm roads through woods and marshes.


Ruritan Nature Trail, Rappahannock Community College, Warsaw; 804-333-6700. Labeled nature trail adjacent to college campus. Trail winds through forest lands and along creeks.

1 mile


Stratford Hall Plantation, Route 214, off Route 3, west of Montross; 804-493-8038. Ancestral home of the historic Lee family. Tours. Dining room. Several nature trails through wooded areas of 1,670-acre plantation on Potomac River.

3 miles

Easy to Difficult

Vorhees Nature Preserve, Route 637 at Westmoreland Berry Farm near Oak Grove; 804-224-9171. Nature Conservancy preserve located along Rappahannock River. Several miles of woodland trails with observation points overlooking river and marshes.

6 miles


Westmoreland State Park, State Park Road (off Route 3), west of Montross; 804-493-8821. Full-service park. Several miles of woodland trails with observation points overlooking river and marshes, including camping, swimming, fishing, boat rentals, picnicking. Trails wind through marshlands, woods, meadows and along Potomac River.

6 miles

Easy to Moderate

Totuskey Creek Park, Route 3, east of Warsaw in Richmond County. County park with roadside picnic area, boat ramp, fishing. Limited facilities. Roadside park overlooks marshes along Totuskey Creek.


Outdoor Recreation ruise the waterways—Surrounded by natural waterways and laced with creeks and inlets, the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula is a boating and fishing paradise. Wherever you go you’re never too far from a marina or boat landing. Sail the Chesapeake Bay and the Rivers, paddle your canoe on a quiet pond, creek or engage one of our friendly and experienced charter boat Captains for a day of saltwater excitement. ruise the Chesapeake Bay—Just want to laze around and leave the driving to someone else? An all day cruise to either Smith Island in Maryland or Tangier Island in Virginia may be what you need. These quaint island communities out in the middle of the Bay are straight out of the past. Visit these largely unspoiled fishing villages and see how the watermen earn their living from the Bay. We have charter cruises that leave daily, from May 15th to October 15th. To end a perfectly wonderful day, call any one of our many charter boat Captains and have them take you out for a romantic sunset cruise.


BOAT SALES Boat Sales Inc. Brokerage boats, power and sail. Open 7 days a week. Located at Olverson’s Lodge Creek Marina, 1161 Melrose Road. Callao ....................800-529-5071 or 804-529-6868

Photo By Shirley Harper

Water life is an essential part of the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and its people. Enjoy the waterways while you visit us, regardless of the style of boating or fishing you like, you will experience it here. There are a number of public and private beaches for your enjoyment. CRUISES Capt. Billy’s Charters. Fish with a tournament winner! Join fishing columnist and radio personality Billy Pipkin on his 46 ft. Custom Sportfish “Liquid Assets II”. Fishing Charters/Private Cruises on the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Beach. USCG licensed (Up to 41 passengers) You deserve quality! Wicomico Church............................804-580-7292 (see ad page 25)

Bobby’s Marine Service. New & used boat sales/service. Dealer for Nissan and Mercury motors. Open Mon.-Sat. On Hwy 200. Burgess...............................................804-453-7541

Schooner Serenity of Urbanna. ....800-979-3370 (see ad page 28)

Cruise All Day for 25 $

FISHING CHARTERS Capt. Billy’s Charters. Fish with a tournament winner! Join fishing columnist and radio personality Billy Pipkin on his 46 ft. Custom Sportfish “Liquid Assets II”. Fishing Charters/Private Cruises on the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Beach. USCG licensed (Up to 41 passengers) You deserve quality! Wicomico Church............................804-580-7292 (see ad page 25)

Rappahannock River Cruise Depart from Tappahannock that will take you to Ingleside Vineyards. Once at the vineyard, enjoy an optional lunch & wine tasting.

Tangier Island Cruise Cruise across the Chesapeake Bay aboard our luxurious “Chesapeake Breeze” and discover the tiny island of Tangier.

For more information & reservations call us at: 804.453.BOAT (2628) or visit


MARINAS Chesapeake Boat Basin. Full service marina. Yearly slips, boat ramp, fuel, service, ship’s store, transient lounge, climate-controlled restrooms, new boat sales, brokerage sales, & more! Kilmarnock............804-435-3110 or 877-482-4287


Coan River Marina. Full-service marina: slips, ship’s store, ramp, fuel, travel lift, yard, storage. Deep water. Open 7 days. On Route 614. Lottsburg ............................................804-529-6767 Ingram Bay Marina. Closest marina to Chesapeake Bay! Newly rebuilt First Class Facility. Covered boathouse slips to 50 feet, Outside slips to 60 feet, Deep ramp. Land Storage for boats/trailers, Bait/Tackle Shop, Private Lounge, New! Cottage Rentals. End of Route 609 Wicomico Church............................804 580-7292 (see ad page 25) Olverson’s Lodge Creek Marina, Inc. Open & covered slips, covered boat bays & land storage, fuel & ice, pump-out, laundry, heated pool, boat brokerage & real estate brokerage. Open 7 days a week. Located at 1161 Melrose Road. Callao ....................800-529-5071 or 804-529-5071

(804) 462-7018 Reedville Marina & Crazy Crab Restaurant on Cockrell’s Creek. Fuel, pump out, showers, restaurant and gift shop. Reedville ............................................804-453-6789 Yankee Point Marina. Full service marina. 37 deg 41.636’ N by 76 deg 29.402’ W. 1303 Oak Hill Road. Lancaster .........................................804-462-7018 (see ad this page)


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Chesapeake Boat Basin Chesapeake Bay/Indian Creek Kilmarnock, 804-435-3110



Coan River Marina Potomac River/Coan River Lottsburg, 804-529-6767



Coles Point Plantation Marina Potomac River 25 Ton Travel Lift Coles Point, 804-472-3955


Colonial Beach Yacht Center Potomac River/Monroe Creek 804-224-723




Ingram Bay Marina Gt. Wicomico R./Towles Cr. Wicomico Church, 804-580-7292


Krentz Marine Railway & Marina Callao, 804-529-6851 or 804-529-5826


Olverson’s Lodge Creek Marina Potomac R./Yeocomico R./Lodge Cr., Lottsburg, 804-529-6868; 800-529-5071






Port Kinsale Marina W. Branch, Yeocomico River Kinsale, 804-472-2044


Reedville Marina Wicomico Creek 804-453-6789




Yankee Point Sailboat Marina Corrotoman River Lancaster, 804-462-7018









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or many visitors, their first visit to the Northern Neck is love at first sight. You will find yourself coming back time and again to this land that seems so out of pace with the urban communities of the East Coast. Its relaxed, rural lifestyle makes the Northern Neck a perfect retreat from the noise and congestion of the city. Despite its rural character, the Northern Neck offers many of the amenities found in much larger communities, including full service medical care at Rappahannock General Hospital in Kilmarnock; continuing education and degree programs at Rappahannock Community College in Warsaw; a wide variety of cultural events and activities; and a broad range of retails shops and services. If you’re longing for a simpler, quieter lifestyle and have enjoyed your stay, call one of the real estate agents on the following pages. They’ll be glad to help you plan your stay for a lifetime!

APPRAISALS Douglas Residential Appraisal Services. Providing accurate, reliable appraisals in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Certified, Residential Appraiser; FHA approved. Wicomico Church ..............................804-580-1624

Photo By Tom K immitt

EVB Community Banking Since 1910 (804) 443-4333, Toll Free: 1-888-464-BANK (2265) Visit us at any of our 22 locations throughout the Eastern Virginia area.

Peoples Community Bank. Basic Banking for Busy People. Member FDIC. Offices and ATMs in Ferry Farm, 540-371-6889; King George, 540-775-2914; BANKS Bank of Lancaster. Your complete Financial services Oak Grove, 804-224-6125; Montross, 804-493-8031; Provider. Offices in Kilmarnock – Main, 804-435-1171, and Warsaw, 804-333-3500 Northside, 804-435-2208; Heathsville, 804-580-2211; Callao, 804-529-6161; Warsaw, 804-333-3691; Montross, 804-493-8071; and White Stone, 804-435-0593. BUILDERS Toll-free, 800-435-1140. Visit our website: Chesapeake Cedar Homes............877-CCH-Cedar (see ad page 31) “Chesapeake Bank’s roots stretch deep into Virginia’s Northern Neck back to April 13, 1900 in Irvington, VA. Our community is our focus. The bank’s first clients were watermen, farmers and small business owners. Innovative programs, such as MoneyTracker, an online personal financial management tool, have fueled our growth over the past 110 years. Visit us at to learn more. Member FDIC” 97 North Main Street. Kilmarnock..........................................804-435-1181

Chesapeake Homes. Custom homes are our specialty. Models open daily. Visit us at 5563 Mary Ball Road. Lively…………..804-462-7706 or 877-785-7706 Darrin N. Smith Builder, Inc. General A Contractor. Custom & Modular homes. ..............804-453-4338 (see ad page 39) Ingram Bay Contracting, Inc. Custom residential building, remodeling and renovation. Class A General Contractor, NAHB Graduate Master Builder Earth Craft Certified. Visit our website at: Reedville ............................................804-453-3076



REAL ESTATE AGENTS Coldwell Banker VA Bay Properties, LLC, Tom Kimmitt. for an immediate reply, text or call me on my cell (804) 761-7326. Buyers and Sellers please consider my services, which include waterfront & Inland homes, land & commercial property sales. Community information, free maps and access to the Northern Neck Association of REALTORS’ MLS database are at: Heathsville Home Office ................804-453-9081

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804-529-5700 Dailey Realty, Inc. Specializing in all waterfront and inland properties. Over 35 years experience. For professional and courteous service call Helen Fridenstine, Doris Harcum or Michael Mahanes. Email: Callao ..............................................804-529-6900

FAX 804-529-7171 Mitchell Homes. ..............................800-261-0287 (see ad page 3)

EQUIPMENT SALES & RENTALS Clegg’s Diesel & Marine. Kubota Distributor & Equipment rental. 5366 Jessie DuPont Memorial Highway. Wicomico Church ...........................804-580-7101

Exit Mid-Rivers Realty - Teresa Russ Montross ..........................................804-339-2923 (see ad page 32) Irving D. Packett Real Estate. For all your real estate needs, see us first! 205 St. Johns Street. Warsaw ..................877-933-3411 or 804-333-3411

MORTGAGES EVB Mortgage. Place Your Financial Needs In Capable Hands. Contact Robert Fleet at (804) 758-3994. Toll Free 1-866-271-9987.

Jim & Pat Carter Real Estate, Inc. Inland and waterfront brokers. Marketing distinctive waterfront properties since 1957. White Stone ..........................................804-435-3131 Irvington ................................................804-438-6575 Kilmarnock ............................................804-435-9888

PET CARE Pet B&B, LLC. Christian Doggy Daycare & Pet Boarding. We are not a traditional kennel…We have cat condos in our home and a large Air Conditioned and Heated Pet B&B with private dog runs and 5 Social Doggy Play Yards (no aggressive dogs allowed) at our humble Heathsville Farmhouse. Visit for rates, reservations and to see why “Your pet won’t miss you while you are gone”. 2097 Folly Road. Heathsville ......................................804-453-7111

Joe Self Realty ............804-529-6393, 800-296-6393 (see ad page 32)


REAL ESTATE AGENTS cont’d Port & Starboard Real Estate, Inc. Free info on hundreds of MLS properties for sale. Specializing in Waterfront Lots and Homes—plus Farms, Land & Fine Inland Homes. Property shown by Land & Sea Located at Olverson’s Marina, 1161 Melrose Road. Callao ....................................................804-529-5555






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Realty with Relda/Century 21 Battlefield. “Real heart plus real hard work equal realty success.” Waterfront and water access community expertise in Westmoreland County and Colonial Beach. Visit 31 James Monroe Hwy., Suite 100 Colonial Beach ................................804-761-1230



WATERFRONT SPECIALIST, Teresa Russ, Would like to help you find a Special Waterfront Property –

Rivah Realty, LLC. Specializing in the best real estate service in the Northern Neck. Online at Barbara Jean LeFon – BrokerOwner. 16501 Kings Highway Montross ................................................804-493-8772 Warsaw ..................................................804-333-8772 (see ad page 33)

Call today to be shown the right house, price and waterfront community to meet your needs. I will work hard to make it happen.–

Robbie Booth – Shore Realty, Inc. Northern Neck knowledge. Waterfront/inland specialist. Free brochures of properties for sale. Free market value analysis of your property or land – ref this ad. Callao……………………………..804-339-1504

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Sunbelt Realty. Jack McEwen is both a Business Broker and a licensed Real Estate Broker in the Northern Neck. He specializes in commercial properties, land and businesses. Montross ............804-493-1400 or 804-493-7200


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Calendar of Events The Calendar of Events is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Dates and times are subject to change. Contact event organizations to confirm dates, times and activities. $ indicates admission fee. FEBRUARY 21 George Washington’s Birthday. Celebrate 279th birthday of George Washington with special tours and living history demonstrations. 10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m. George Washington Birthplace. 804-224-1732 26 Benefit Auction. Festival Halle, Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. 804-453-6529 MARCH 19 Winter Market. Festival Halle, Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. 804-453-6529 19 & 20 32nd Annual Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show. White Stone Firehouse. A unique art festival devoted to wildfowl art in its many forms. About 95 artists and carvers from New York to Florida. Attendance around 3000. Wildfowl art original paintings, prints, decorative bird carvings, gunning/working decoys, antique decoys and artifacts, photography bronze sculpture. Carving contest on Saturday only. Sponsored by the White Stone Volunteer Fire Department. Sat. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sun. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Admission: $8.00. For more information: William or Pat Bruce, 804-435-6355 or 26 4-H Heritage Club Event. Costumed interpretation of Colonial crafts like blacksmithing, spinning and cooking will be presented by our own 4-H members and leaders. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. George Washington Birthplace 804-224-1732 APRIL 16 Junior Ranger Day. Every day is Junior Ranger Day, and candidates from 5-12 earn the coveted George Washington Birthplace Junior Ranger badge. But today we celebrate with a variety of historic demonstrations and hands-on activities. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. George Washington Birthplace 804-224-1732 Spring Barrel Tasting. Let the cool spring breeze blow you into our wine cellar. Our wines are maturing further and blossoming into some of Virginia’s finest yet. Be among the first to experience the future of Ingleside straight from the barrel. Includes tour, tasting, Ingleside wine glass, live music and light fare. 1:00-4:00 p.m. $20 per person. Reservation required. Ingleside Vineyards 804-224-8687 23 Easter Egg Hunt. Join us for this fun annual event for children ages 1 to 12 at Stratford Hall. Sponsored by the Northern Neck Lodge 32 of the Fraternal Order of Police, this annual event is free for participants and their parents. Begins exactly at 11:00 a.m. on the Oval. No rain date. 804-493-8038


MAY 13, 14 & 15 21



TBA 18

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JULY 1 2

Second Annual Quilt Shop Hop. The "Blue Crab Crawl". Featuring 5 Quilt Shops in The Northern Neck. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Contact: Material Girl Quilt Shop 804-453-6003 or Ladies ONLY Wine Class. This interactive, fun-filled class provides the perfect opportunity for you to increase your wine knowledge in a relaxed and informal setting. Learn unspoken wine etiquette, how to taste wine, detect flaws and understand why some wines don’t appeal to you. Sample some unusual pairings and gain the knowledge to be more confident in selecting your wine. Bring your girlfriends – and make new ones too! Reservations required; space is limited: $25 per person. Admission includes souvenir wine glass, tastings and treats. 1:00-5:00 p.m. Ingleside Vineyards 804-224-8687 Spring on the Plantation. To understand Washington, we must understand plantation life. 18th century activities and demonstrations such as sheep shearing, tobacco planting, blacksmithing, and open hearth cooking will be offered at Popes Creek Plantation. 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. George Washington Birthplace 804-224-1732

Lees and Independence. Enjoy activities for kids, Revolutionary War re-enactors, a book signing from noted author Jim Thompson and an unforgettable appearance from Richard Henry Lee himself. Enjoy an outdoor concert and presentations from the Rappahannock Colonial Heritage Society and the George Washington Young Friends. This free event is in honor of the two Lee brother signers of the Declaration of Independence and their kinsman “Light Horse Harry” Lee. 3:00-8:00 p.m. Stratford Hall 804-493-8038 Summer Concert Series. Reedville Fishermen’s Museum Pavilion, 6:008:00 p.m. For information call 804-453-6529 or Juneteenth. Musicians, singers, authors and speakers mark the final end of slavery in the United States, June 19, 1865. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. George Washington Birthplace 804-224-1732 Family Boat Building Workshop. Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. For information call 804-453-6529 or Rock & unWINEd 2011. Cool cats gather round! Put on your favorite saddle shoes and poodle skirt and join us in the courtyard for a rockin’ good time! Twist and shout to the sounds of the golden oldies! Bring your friends! Includes tour, tasting, Ingleside wine glass, live music and dinner (optional) $15 per person – music only (bring your own picnic); $30 per person – music and dinner. Limited seating; reservations required for dinner. 6:00-9:00 p.m. Ingleside Vineyards 804-224-8687

Fireworks. Main Street – Reedville, VA. Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. 9:00 p.m. 804-453-6529 Firecracker Run 5K. Festival Halle, Reedville, VA. Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. 8:00 a.m. 804-453-6529


JULY cont’d… Independence Day Celebration. Kids events, artists’ arena, food, boat display, etc. Events begin at 10 a.m. Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. 804-453-6529 Independence Day Parade. 3:00 p.m. Reedville, VA. Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. 804-453-6529 3 Patriotic Music Performance. Festival Halle, 3:00 p.m. Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. 804-453-6529 4 Independence Day. Participate in Colonial hands-on children’s activities and costumed interpretation to celebrate the 235th birthday of the United States. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. George Washington Birthplace 804-224-1732 TBA Summer Concert Series. Reedville Fishermen’s Museum Pavilion. 6:008:00 p.m. For information call 804-453-6529 or 12-14 Grandparent/Grandchild Camp. This 3 day summer camp is packed with enjoyable activities for kids 6 to 12 and their grandparents. Register with Elderhostel, program #16283. Stratford Hall 804-493-8038 18-22 Intergenerational Elderhostel Camp. This five-day summer camp is an expanded version of Stratford’s grandparent camp. For kids 6 to 12 and their grandparents. Register with Elderhostel, program #16283. Stratford Hall 804-493-8038 28-30 Economic Landscapes of the Tidewater: An Institute for Teachers of Va. & U.S. History. This three-day residential institute will be led by a distinguished group of scholars and will focus on the interplay of economic, cultural and physical geography. Stratford Hall 804-493-8038 30 World Ranger Day. We salute those who preserve our natural and cultural resources worldwide. The thin Green Line movie and special activities will be presented throughout the day. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. George Washington Birthplace 804-224-1732 AUGUST TBA Model Making Class. Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. For information call 804-453-6529 or TBA Summer Concert Series. Reedville Fishermen’s Museum Pavilion. 6:008:00 p.m. For information call 804-453-6529 or 2-4 Grandparents/Grandchild Camp. Three days of fun-filled, educational activities offer a memorable family bonding experience for kids 6 to 12 and their grandparents. Stratford Hall 804-493-8038 6 4-H Heritage Club Event. Costumed interpretation of Colonial crafts like blacksmithing, spinning and cooking will be presented by our own 4-H members and leaders. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. George Washington Birthplace 804-224-1732 12 Basic Photography & Yoga. Basic photography and yoga stretch will feature award winning photographer Anne Tate who will share her insights and talents for any interested in learning from one of the best. 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Stratford Hall 804-493-8038 13 Introduction to Watercolor. Introduction to watercolors will feature local artist Holly Harmon and optional yoga stretching by local favorite Kay Hawkins. 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Stratford Hall 804-493-8038


SEPTEMBER 9-10 Antique & Classic Boat Show. Reedville, VA. Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. For information call 804-453-6529 or 10 Jazz in the Courtyard. Swing by for a relaxing evening in our European-style courtyard while sipping wine and enjoying the cool sounds of live jazz music. Includes tour, tasting, Ingleside wine glass, live music and dinner (optional). $15 per person – music only (bring your own picnic); $35 per person – music and dinner. Limited seating; reservations required for dinner. 6:00-9:00 p.m. Ingleside Vineyards 804-224-8687 TBA Summer Concert Series. Reedville Fishermen’s Pavilion 6:00-8:00 p.m. For information call 804-453-6529 or 24 & 25 5th Annual Chesapeake Bay Wine & Harvest Festival. Features wine tasting at its best, plus specialty foods, petting zoo, arts and crafts, and live music. 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. both days. Stratford Hall 804-493-8038 17 Constitution Commemoration. As George Washington presided, delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution on September 17, 1787. A lecture by a noted scholar will be presented. 2:00 p.m. George Washington Birthplace 804-224-1732 OCTOBER 1 Star Party at Stratford Hall. Enjoy an evening of star gazing on the Oval with the Rappahannock Astronomy Club, weather permitting. 7:00-11:00 p.m. Free. Stratford Hall. 804-493-8038 8 Psychic Time Travel: History through the Eyes of Investigative Medium Laine Crosby. Join us for an unforgettable evening with noted paranormal researcher, and journey back in time to days long gone. Learn about the life and times of the spirits of Stratford Hall who find this beautiful estate so difficult to leave. 7:00-10:00 p.m. Stratford Hall 804-493-8038 22 4-H Heritage Club Event. Costumed interpretation of Colonial crafts like blacksmithing, spinning and cooking will be presented by our own 4-H members and leaders. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. George Washington Birthplace 804-224-1732 32nd Harvest Celebration. Come help us celebrate our 32nd harvest! See winemaking demonstrations, take a tour of Ingleside’s vineyards and winery, enjoy artwork, crafts, exhibits and delicious food. Sit in the courtyard and relax (or dance) while listening to live music and sipping wine. Hayrides and more for the kids! Includes tour, tasting, Ingleside wine glass, live music. Food available or bring a picnic. $15 per person, $10 in advance. 11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m. Ingleside Vineyards 804-224-8687 22-23 Reading the Landscape of Stratford Hall. This is the fourth in a series of cultural landscape seminars offered by Stratford Hall. This year Dr. Eric MacDonald and students from the University of Georgia will join a team of noted naturalists as they decode the history of Stratford Hall landscape from the prehistoric to the present. Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sunday 8:00 a.m.12:00 p.m. Stratford Hall 804-493-8038 29 Historical Haunts. Featuring special “ghost tours of the Great House, Halloween crafts and refreshments. For children and adults of all ages 6:008:00 p.m. Stratford Hall 804-493-8038


NOVEMBER 4-5 Urbanna Oyster Festival. Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m.6:00 p.m. Vendors, crafters, performers, artisans, civic groups and clubs. Oysters are offered any way you like em..raw, roasted, steamed, stewed, fried or frittered and many other vendors. Friday is the firemen’s parade at 7:00 p.m. Saturday is the Oyster Festival parade at 2:00 p.m. For additional information visit 4-6 Ghosts of Stratford Hall: An Investigative Weekend. Laine Crosby and her colleagues, America’s top experts on the paranormal, will demonstrate techniques and methods and share their mission. An “out of this world” experience! Three day workshop. Stratford Hall 804-493-8038 12 Oyster Roast. Reedville Fishermen’s Museum 2:00-5:00 p.m. For information call 804-453-6529 or Winter Market. Festival Halle, Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. 804-453-6529 First in War and First in Peace. In 1783 George Washington resigned his military commission and took on the mantle of veteran. Find out how he honored those who served as we honor our modern veterans. 10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m. George Washington Birthplace 804-224-1732 Fall Barrel Tasting. What a way to spend a beautiful fall day! The leaves are falling and winter is coming so warm up with premium wine direct from the barrels and see how our wines are maturing. Includes tasting and Ingleside wine glass. Live music and light fare. Stock up on your favorite wines for the holiday season ahead! $20 per person. Reservations recommended. 1:00-4:00 p.m. Ingleside Vineyards 804-224-8687 24 Thanksgiving Dinner at Stratford Hall. Join us for a traditional southern feast. This event is a sell-out every year, so make your reservations early! Dinner seating at 12 noon and 3 p.m. Dinner and lodging are available by reservations only. Stratford Hall 804-493-8038 DECEMBER 3&4 4th Annual King George Studio Tour. Several King George artists will open their studios for the weekend from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and have their work out for display and sale. Maps to the studios are available at for more information call Julie 540-644-1139 or Shirley 540-633-2728 10 1774: A Stratford Hall Christmastide. Experience the Lees’ Great House as they might have known it December 10, 1774. This immersive and self-guided experience will offer a deeper insight into the life and times of late 18th century Stratford Hall. The event will include spirited conversation with living history persons, live music and dance of the 18th century, craft making and refreshments. 4:30-8:30 p.m. make dining and lodging reservations early! Stratford Hall 804-493-8038 10 & 11 Christmas On Cockrell’s Creek Home Tour. Reedville, VA. Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. For information call 804-453-6529 or 10, 11, Holiday Open House. ’Tis the season to sample our award-winning wines and 17 & 18 enjoy holiday refreshments while shopping for that perfect gift for your favorite wine enthusiast! Take advantage of special holiday discounts in our wine and gift shop and stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays! 12:00-5:00 p.m. Ingleside Vineyards 804-224-8687 27 A Washington Christmas. The Washington family celebrated the 12 days of Christmas which begins on Christmas Day. The Memorial House will be decorated for the holidays and filled with colonial music. The plantation will be busy with demonstrations and activities performed by costumed interpreters. The park will be illuminated at dusk with candles. 10:00 a.m.7:00 p.m. George Washington Birthplace 804-224-1732 38

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Table of Contents

Photo By Shirley Harper


Granddaddy Told Me ..............................6-7 By Steve Bonner Historical Sites........................................8-10

Things to Do..........................................22-23 Bowling Alleys • Golf Courses

Places To Stay............................................11 Bed & Breakfasts/Inns • Hotels/Motels • Vacation Rentals

Virginia’s Northern Neck…Slow down, relax and hurry back!..........................24-25 By Captain Billy Pipkin

A Step Back in Time ............................12-13 By Betty Musso

Nature Trails ..............................................26 Outdoor Recreation..............................27-28 Boat Sales • Cruises • Fishing Charters • Marinas

Shopping Guide....................................14-15 Antiques • Artists & Galleries • Clothing • Fabrics/Quilting • Gifts • Farms • Jewelry • Wineries/Wine Retail

Marina Guide....................................................29

The Northern Neck Some eateries and B&Bs, a gallery and a book ......................................................16-17 By Kathryn Murray

Stay For A Lifetime ..............................30-33 Appraisals • Banks • Builders • Equipment Sales & Rentals• Mortgages • Pet Care • Real Estate Agents

Places to Dine ............................................18

Calendar of Events ..............................34-38

Where Have All The Oysters Gone? ........19 By Barbara Jean LeFon The Northern Neck Visitor’s Guide is published annually and distributed monthly by: Virginia Real Estate Reviews, Inc., 228 Oxford Drive, Martinsville, VA 24112 276-956-3855 • 877-462-0099 • Front Cover: Kathryn Murray Graphic Design: Kirkpatrick Advertising, Inc. Photographers: Steve Bonner, Shirley Harper, Tom Kimmitt, Callie R. Martin, Kathyrn Murray, John H. Whitehead III, Captain Billy Pipkin ©2011 by Virginia Real Estate Reviews, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction of photographs, artwork, or copy is prohibited without prior written permission of the publisher.


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“Granddaddy Told Me” By Steve Bonner As we got in front of the Bay Trust, I asked him if he knew what used to be in its place? He didn’t so I told him it was a used car lot when I was his age and prior to that the Hazel Hotel. The Hazel Hotel was a very well known spot right in the center of town. Next door is a service station owned by one of my old school (and out of) buddies Calvin Luckham. I told Dexter there used to be a big brick home there but in the 1950’s that was torn down and replaced with that station. A fond memory of that was my grandmother arranging for me to play the organ for the opening. Here I was 50 years later telling my grandson that story. We moved on down the street and I pointed out the grocery store on the corner that is now vacant but for years was one of two (at times three) downtown grocery stores. I pointed out the building on the corner of Waverly and Main where his mother works and told him 60 years prior “her” great-grandmother ran her florist shop in that same building. Then he said the magic words “I read that in your book”!

Front Cover of Steve’s Book

was glad to get my book on the market about growing up in Kilmarnock. I have to give this publication most of the credit for inspiring me and giving me the opportunity to write an article each year. Then I have to thank the readers that pass on great compliments to the owners of this publication about those articles. One of the great things about being a native and personally watching the town grow, change and evolve is sharing that with others. Each year I have to think about what I can share with the readers of this guide and today it came to me! I was in the middle of town coming out of a store when I noticed my grandson Dexter walking down the street. Twelve year old Dexter was walking from school with two of his friends so I waited for them to catch up to me.


Bonner Brother’s Store & Soda Fountain


Steve Bonner and grandson Dexter Lewis stand in front of the Rappahannock Art League building formerly Bonner Brother’s Store and Soda Fountain in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

Next I pointed to a building and said little boy growing up in Kilmarnock, Va.! “That’s the movie theater” to which he Those small town events like today said “The sports Centre”? become amazing memories to pass along. So that put in place the opportunity for me to tell him how my brother Tom and I would go see a scary movie then see which one could get out of the theatre fastest and go hide down Waverly Ave and wait to scare the other one. Didn’t matter how many times we did it, we just jumped out from a different bush, yelled and ran home. Dexter liked that today but more than that, it was very special to me. Just maybe if we have those kinds of walks more often and I can let him relive my boyhood town in his mind, one day he will tell his children or a friend “Granddaddy Told Me” and give them all the details about a Back Cover of Steve’s book 7

Historical Sites


associated with George Washington. The park contains the heart of Augustine Washington’s plantation, the 17th century homesite of the immigrant John Washington, and the Washington Family Burial Ground. The archaeological structures, the commemorative edifices and the cultural landscape are conserved and employed to preserve the memory of George Washington – America’s first and greatest hero whose actions were crucial in the establishment of the United States as an independent nation founded on the principles of personal liberty. Located on Popes C r e e k o ff t h e George Washington Birthplace Potomac River 38 National Monument miles east of Fredericksburg, Virginia and is accessible over Virginia Route 3 and Route 204. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day) with an individual admission fee of $4.00 for all visitors 16 years or older. Call 804-224-1732. Ferry Farm National Historic L a n d m a r k . Ly i n g a c r o s s t h e Rappahannock River from the old town of Fredericksburg, Virginia, on State Route 3 in Stafford County, Ferry Farm was George Washington’s home from age six until he reached young manhood. Open daily February 19th thru December, except for Thanksgiving Day and December 24, 25, & 26. Call 540-370-0732. George Washington’s mother was born in Lancaster County at Epping Forest.

he seeds of American independence first took root in the fertile soil of Virginia’s Northern Neck. George Washington, Richard Henry Lee, Francis Lightfoot Lee and Robert E. Lee, as well as the nation’s fourth and fifth presidents, James Madison and James Monroe, were born here. Historic Christ Church was built in 1735 by the efforts of Robert “King” Carter, one of the wealthiest and most influential citizens in colonial America. Today, Christ Church is recognized as the finest colonial church in North America. Virtually Aerial shot of the Historic Christ Church unchanged, its splendid architecture includes a threelevel pulpit that towers over individually enclosed, high-backed pews. The reception center, museum, and gift shop are open AprilNovember with guided tours taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon.-Sat. and 2 to 5 p.m., The Font at Historic Sunday. The church Christ Church is open year round. Located at 420 Christ Church Road (Route 646) near Irvington. Call 804-438-6855. The George Washington Birthplace National Monument. The mission of the National Park Service at George Washington Birthplace is to preserve and interpret the history and resources 8

Historical Sites The Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library, located in the Lancaster Courthouse Historic District, was named in her honor. Take a tour of the historic buildings, view exhibits on the region’s history. The complex includes the Old Clerk’s Office (circa 1797), the Jail (circa 1820), Lancaster House (circa 1800) and the genealogical and historical library is available for people wishing to trace their Virginia roots. Museum open Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Library open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Located at 8346 Mary Ball Road in Lancaster. Call 804-462-7280. Reedville Fishermen’s Museum is where visitors can learn about the Northern Neck’s menhaden fishing and watermen’s heritage. The Walker House, a restored waterman’s home (circa 1875), provides a glimpse of daily life in those early years when in 1867, Elijah Reed, a New England sea captain, followed schools of menhaden fish into the Chesapeake Bay and founded the thriving fishing community of Reedville on Cockrell’s Creek. The museum is also the starting point for a walking tour of Reedville’s Historic Main Street, where stately Victorian mansions reflect the town’s golden age of prosperity. The museum is open daily 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from MayOctober, open Saturday-Sunday from March-April and Friday-Monday from November to mid December. Call 804-453-6529. Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, a National Historic Landmark (circa 1795) is known as one of the best and oldest surviving examples of a colonial courthouse tavern. This tavern has been

Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern

restored and features a restaurant and gift shop.

Stratford Hall

Stratford Hall Plantation, built by Thomas Lee (circa 1738) was the boyhood home of Richard Henry and Francis Lightfoot Lee, the brothers who signed the Declaration of Independence. In 1807, it also became the birthplace of General Robert E. Lee. In addition to its history, the magnificent architecture of Stratford Hall makes it one of the great houses in America. Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Located off Route 3. Call 804-493-8030. One of the many historical sites in Westmoreland County is the former “One room school house” the Elba School. Built around the turn of the 19th Century, the school provided teaching for first through sixth grades to as few as six to twenty-four students in the immediate vicinity. 9

Places to Stay BED & BREAKFASTS/INNS Fleeton Fields B & B. Located at Fleeton Point on the Chesapeake Bay near historic Reedville. Elegant waterfront property in a parklike setting with beautiful gardens. Three water view suites furnished with period antiques, private baths and all modern amenities. Kayak and canoe available. Children & pets with prior arrangement. Minutes to Tangier or Smith Island cruises. 2783 Fleeton Road Reedville . . . . . . . . 800-497-8215 or 804-453-5014 Greenwood B&B. Georgian-style home built in 1882 furnished with antiques. Country Breakfast Served. In Warsaw, take Hwy 360 east. Turn right on SR 1021. First home on right. 99 Maple Street Warsaw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 804-333-4353 The Gables Victorian Mansion B&B. Historic Schooner’s Mast in ballroom. Boat slips, antiques, gourmet breakfast, Luxury waterside suites. Coffee/ice cream parlor. email: Reedville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 804-453-5209


General’s Ridge Vineyard-Vineyard Views. Spend a day or a week in the new 2 BR/2 BA elevated home. Sit on the deck and enjoy the peace of a quiet night where you can actually see the stars or take a simple stroll through the secluded vineyard. Hague Area . . . . . . . . . . . . 703-313-9742 (M-Th.) 804-493-0226 (F-Sun.) (see ad page 13) The Jett House. Overnite and extended accommodations. Sleeps 10, huge, fully stocked kitchen, 1 & 1/2 baths, fireplace, florida room, deck. Located next to Jett’s Hardware & Jett’s Marine in historic Reedville, Va. Call for more information & availability. Visit to view property & furnishings. Reedville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 804-453-4201 Ingram Bay Marina. NEW! Cottages. View the Chesapeake Bay from your porch. Beach, Horseshoes,Volleyball and more…Free Canoe and Bicycle rentals. Vacation packages available plus Fishing Charters, Cruises, Boat Rentals Wicomico Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 804-580-7292 (see ad page 25)

Holiday Inn Express. 68 rooms and luxury suites, swimming pool, continental breakfast, in-room coffee. Special golf & fishing packages. (800) 844-0124-Group sales. 599 North Main Street. Kilmarnock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 804-436-1500 (see ad page 2)

Watermen’s Cove Rentals. On Cockrell’s Creek near the historic fishing village of Reedville in Virginia’s Northern Neck, Watermen’s Cove offers fishing, boating, kayaking, crabbing, golf, cycling, etc. Day cruises to Tangier and Smith Island leave daily in season from local docks. Fresh seafood abounds at nearby restaurants. Fully equipped; VACATION RENTALS General’s Ridge Vineyard-Manor House. Step back dock (4' MLW) and pool privileges included. in time to live special moments in this 3 BR/2 BA Sleeps up to 16 in 6 bedrooms. See all features at home with several sitting rooms and porches to enjoy or call. . . . . 757-618-7618 a cup of coffee as the sun rises or sip a glass of wine Vacation Waterfront Rental Farmhouse cottage, as the sun sets on the vines that produce it. 3 BR, 2 BA, screened porch, heated pool, sail/power dockage and more. $890 per week. Hague Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . 703-313-9742 (M-Th.) Discount for bi-wk/month. Limit 8 people. 804-493-0226 (F-Sun.) Yeocomico River. (see ad page 13) Callao . . . . . . . . . 800-529-5071 or 804-529-6868


2011 Virginia's Northern Neck Visitor's Guide  

2011 Virginia's Northern Neck Visitor's Guide