A peaceful, unspoiled air marks the Tidewater Virginia peninsulas known as
the Northern Neck and the Middle Peninsula. There are upstream stretches of
the York and Rappahannock rivers that appear nearly untouched by human habitation
since Native American tribes such as the Pamunkey, and Mattaponi populated the
Closer to the Bay are a number of historic fishing villages where Chesapeake
“watermen” still ply their trades in traditional ways and aboard
traditional vessels. The region also has a rich colonial history; both George
Washington and Robert E. Lee were born on Northern Neck plantations.
You can explore these Tidewater peninsulas at a number of Gateways. Plantations
and museums highlight the region’s historical traditions. Traditional
park lands and newly developed water trails offer up-close encounters with the
region’s natural beauty.