A recent story in The Tennessean by Vicki Stout, “History Fills Virginia’s Northern Neck,” highlights the rich colonial history of our region including three presidents who were born here– George Washington, James Madison, and James Monroe, and General Robert E Lee’s ancestral home, Stratford Hall, which is open for tours.
For those wishing to research their own history, the Mary Bell Washington Museum and Library (named for George’s mother, a native of Lancaster County) houses an extensive geneology collection. Historic Christ Church, built in 1735, provides docent tours and a look into the lifestyle of eighteenth-century settlers. The Steamboat Era Museum, just down the road from the Tides, provides a fascinating look at how steamboats affected the economy of the Northern Neck and other towns along the Chesapeake Bay in the nineteenth century. There are many morehistoric sites and museums to explore within driving distance of the resort. Our Activities Team can help plan your educational excursion. With the Tides Inn Family Vacation Package, a $75 credit can be used at the Steamboat Era Museum and other local attractions.
One doesn’t have to travel farther than Irvington to begin experiencing America’s rich history on the Northern Neck.