A Place in American History: Northumberland County Virginia
Northumberland County, like other Northern Neck Counties, became a county when the burgesses at Jamestown created it in 1648. Prior to this, it was a Native American settlement known as Chickacoan. The County is on the western edge of the Chesapeake Bay, and originally encompassed present day Lancaster, Richmond, and Westmoreland Counties. Today, Northumberland County is 222 square miles lying between the Rappahannock and Potomac rivers, tidal rivers feeding the Chesapeake Bay.
Famous Americans from Northumberland County, Virginia
Perhaps the most famous resident of Northumberland County, Captain John Ashton came to Virginia in 1654, or possibly earlier in 1650. The Westmoreland family, for whom the county is named, claims their descent from Ashton. Ashton’s brother Ralph, was named a Baronet after the restoration of Charles I to the English crown.
Waterfront Estates, Country Estates, and Historic Property, in Northumberland County
Gracious southern living in Chesapeake Bay country is waterfront property with a view of the Bay. Perfectly appointed luxury homes with all of the amenities are becoming the norm in places like Reedville, Smith Point, and Burgess. With waterfront access, a boater can enjoy the Chesapeake Bay with family and friends, setting sail from his or her own property into a waterman’s dream.
Seafood Restaurants in Northumberland County, Virginia
For some great seafood in Northumberland County, check out Crazy Crab in Reedville or T & T’s Restaurant & Seafood Deli in Burgess. Also in Reedville, visit Tommy’s Restaurant featuring a local favorite — the crab balls.
Historical Landmarks in Northumberland County
Visit the historic district in Reedville for a taste of history in Northumberland County. Reedville Fisherman’s Museum is a great place to understand the history of those who survived by fishing the Chesapeake Bay.
Northumberland County Marinas
Buzzard’s Point Marina is a well-known marina in Northumberland County. It is located in Reedville, and offers one of the Chesapeake Bay cruises to Tangier Island, sitting just south of Crisfield, Maryland. Smith Point Marina in Reedville is also a great place for mariners to rest. To find charter fishing in Northumberland County, try Ingram Bay Marina in Heathsville.
Northumberland County Wineries
There are two contemporary and active vineyards in or near Northumberland County Virginia, one in Oak Grove, just across the county line in Westmoreland County and another in nearby Heathsville, Virginia. The vineyards are in close proximity to the Chesapeake Bay. With sandy soil and a humid growing season, Northumberland County is the perfect climate for growing grapes. Athena Vineyards in Heathsville is a welcome new addition to the county’s attractions. The vineyard has a tasting room, gift shop, and picnic area. From May through November, Athena Vineyards is open Noon-5 p.m.
Northumberland County Outdoor Activities
There are numerous outdoor activities that are popular in Northumberland County Virginia. In places such as Walnut Point, Hull Neck, Sandy Point, Mundy Point, and Coles Point, water sports and boating are popular. These cities sit on the Potomac River, and offer easy access to the Chesapeake Bay. Charter fishing boats, watercraft rentals, water skiing, fishing, and swimming are all popular activities in Northumberland County. Other popular pastimes include cycling, hiking, and bird watching.
Northumberland County Public Fishing Pier & Parks
The Glebe Point Fishing Pier is located near Wicomico Church in Northumberland County, just past Kilmarnock. The pier was opened to the public in 2001, and is completely handicapped accessible. There are paved parking spaces and overflow parking. Fish commonly caught from the pier include croaker, spot, sea trout, and striped bass. For bird watching and light hiking, visit Bush Mill Stream Natural Area Preserve, just four miles from Heathsville, and the county seat. For access to a sandy beach on the Chesapeake Bay, Hughlett’s Point Nature Preserve provides the perfect respite, right near Dividing Creek, north of Kilmarnock, Virginia.
Northumberland County Proximity to Major Cities
Northumberland County is just one and one half to two hours from the Washington D.C. Northern Virginia metro area, making it the perfect location to retire, relocate, telecommute, work from home, or purchase a second home. The county is also just a two-hour drive to Richmond, Virginia, and Hampton, Norfolk, Newport News and Virginia Beach Virginia, also known as the Tidewater area. All of these urban centers offer unique entertainment, educational, dining and cultural opportunities.
Northumberland County Public Schools
The public schools in Northumberland County Virginia are located in Heathsville, the county seat. Public schools include Northumberland Elementary School, Northumberland Middle School, and Northumberland High School. Northumberland High School is known for its excellent basketball team. The high school also offers duel credit study for advanced courses at the Rappahannock Community College in Warsaw, Virginia.
Northumberland County Private Schools
There is one private school in Northumberland County Virginia and that is the Lighthouse Christian Academy. The Christian focused curriculum caters to ages two through nine. Lighthouse Christian Academy is in Wicomico Church, Virginia.
Rappahannock Community College in Warsaw and Glenns, Virginia, is easy to access from Northumberland County. In fact, as noted above, the local high school has a duel credit study program with Rappahannock Community College. For those seeking higher degrees, The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Hampton University in Hampton, and Christopher Newport University in Newport News all offer a multitude of Bachelors and Masters degree programs.
Contemporary Northumberland County on the Chesapeake Bay
Life in contemporary Northumberland County is peaceful. Many of the residents realize their connection to American history and to the watermen who were there before them. The quiet southern evenings are complemented by clear skies and hot days. Those searching for a waterfront estate, waterfront home, luxury home, or historic property will be pleasantly surprised by the high quality of property available in Northumberland County Virginia. There are some exclusive waterfront home communities being built in the Northern Neck of Virginia right now. Contact me for more information on contemporary estates and luxury homes that are available now at 757-288-4685.