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Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula & York River
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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 area.

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.

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James Mills Scottish Factor Store - Urbanna, VA
The James Mills Scottish Factor Store, also known as the Old Tobacco Warehouse, is one of only two structures remaining in the United States exemplifying the colonial trade pattern of exchanging tobacco for various items imported from Europe. During the 18th century, in an era when paper money and coins were almost no...More info

Regional Events
04/09 Fresh--The Movie - Buy Local Event and Movie
04/16 Wild About Wetlands Canoe Trip - Canoe trip through marshland
04/30 Grand Ole Osprey Canoe Trip - Learn about ospreys on a canoe trip
05/08 Mother's Day Canoe Trip - Moms Paddle Free with Paying Guest
05/13 Full Moon Canoe Trip - Paddle under a full moon
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