Long before George Washington crossed the Delaware, Robert “King" Carter was born at Corotoman Plantation here in Lancaster County on Virginia’s Northern Neck. Carter was one of the wealthiest and most influential planters in colonial Virginia. He built Christ Church at his own expense, now considered one of the most finely crafted examples of Georgian architecture in colonial Virginia.
Today, bicyclists travel the back roads that Carter, Washington, Monroe, Madison, and other Virginia notables once journeyed on horseback. This off-the-beaten-track peninsula, located between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers, offers more than 6,500 acres of natural areas and 1,200 miles of shoreline.
From bird watchers to boating enthusiasts, visitors are drawn to the Northern Neck as a destination for those who enjoy small-town hospitality, boutique shopping, a variety of restaurants, world class seafood, and spectacular scenery. Charming bed and breakfasts and an exclusive resort offer distinctive accommodations in bucolic settings. Signature events, such as the Irvington Farmers Market held on the first Saturday of each month from May through November, and the Historic Christ Church & Museum Craft Beer Fest in July, are fun-filled family events with live music and good eats.
Come for a day, a weekend, or a lifetime. By land or by water, the Northern Neck is just a short distance from Washington, D.C., Richmond, and Williamsburg.
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