Northern Neck Virginia Historic Sites
A stay at the Tides Inn is a perfect opportunity to explore the Northern Neck and Chesapeake region of Virginia. With gorgeous scenery, charming towns with rich pasts, wineries, historic sites and more within close proximity of the resort, you are guaranteed to discover something special. Some activities are seasonal and may be an additional fee. Please inquire with the Tides Inn directly for more details.
To help create your itinerary, please contact the Tides Inn Activities Team at (804) 438-4489.
Created to preserve, educate and interpret the era of the steamboats that plied the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Theatre, interactive video stations, dioramas, artifacts, models, paintings, photos and gift shop. Please inquire about custom Steamboat Museum tours with the Tides Inn Activities team.
Historic Christ Church
Completed in 1735, this Virginia historical landmark is the best preserved of Colonial Virginia’s Anglican parish churches. The Christ Church features history of church and Robert “King” Carter. Ride one of our complimentary bikes to the church or inquire about resort transportation. Advance tour appointments are recommended.
Essex County Museum & Historical Society
Located in the Tappahannock district, exhibits feature Rappahannock Indian and Colonial memorabilia, historic Rappahannock River steamboats and archives of family papers.
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
The historic core of the Washington family plantation on which George Washington, our first president, was born. Administered by the National Park Service.
Colonial Beach, Virginia
Travel back to Colonial America with a visit to historic Williamsburg, only an hour drive from the Tides, where dozens of original homes and buildings show what life was like in the 18th century. Discover rare breeds of animals, beautifully restored gardens, intriguing trades and shops that capture the spirit of a time when colonists met in taverns to plan their revolution against Britain.
Exhibits of business and commerce of Kilmarnock. This Virginia historic site recalls the early days of the bustling town, first known as Steptoe’s Ordinary, settled in 1719.
King George Museum
Named for King George I, the county was split off from Richmond County and formed in 1721. The museum and research center is located in old jail.
King George, Virginia
Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library
Named in honor of Lancaster native and mother of George Washington, this museum features local history exhibits in the old jail, clerks office, and Lancaster House, and features an extensive genealogy research collection.
Kinsale Foundation & Museum
Kinsale Museum chronicles life in a vibrant port. Enjoy a walking tour of Kinsale’s historic district.
Home of Declaration of Independence signer Francis Lightfoot Lee circa 1769 and visitors center depicting architectural conservation. Hike trails to Cat Point Creek through 325-acre wildlife refuge.
Morattico Waterfront Museum
Housed in the 1901 Morattico General Store building with views of the Rappahannock River and Lancaster Creek. Exhibits on the cultural history of a working watermen’s village.
Museum at Colonial Beach
Operated by Colonial Beach Historical Society. It traces the town’s history from Captain John Smith in 1608 to the present.
Colonial Beach, Virginia
Northern Neck Farm Museum
From washing machines, to tractors, sawmills and windmills, explore it all at the Northern Neck Farm Museum featuring educational exhibits on Northern Neck Agriculture.
Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society
Collects, preserves, and disseminates information and material of every nature relating to the history, antiquities, and literature of the Counties of Northumberland, Lancaster, Westmoreland, Stafford, Richmond, and King George.
Northumberland County Historical Site
Founded to preserve the 1844 Old Jail and known as one of many Virginia’s historic sites. Ball Memorial Library and Museum next door includes genealogy and local history library, meeting rooms and an upstairs museum.
Reedville Fishermen’s Museum
The Reedville Fishermen’s Museum is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the fishermen and watermen of Virginia’s Northern Neck and the Chesapeake Bay. Sail on our historic skipjack.
Richmond County Museum
Located in a 1872 jailhouse, the museum tells the story of rural Richmond County through exhibits, events and programs.
Built in the 1730’s, Stratford Hall was the birthplace of Robert E. Lee and home of the only two brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence, Richard Henry and Francis Lightfoot Lee. Visit the Great House, the Mill and the rare Miocene Cliffs formation, found in only three other places in the world.