Ripe with history and natural beauty, tourism comes naturally to Virginia’s Northern Neck. As such, the Northern Neck News has launched a “Tourism” page as part of its newly redesigned and much-improved website. Here, our online readers can learn more about local attractions and we can help bring awareness to an industry on the move here in the ‘Neck. In our initial launch, we have decided to feature the following attractions:
Tour the ruins of Francis Lightfoot Lee’s circa-1769 home near Warsaw. At Menokin, you will experience an 18th century house like never before – feel hand wrought nails; observe how joists, girders and posts fit together to create the framing; and look behind the interior woodwork to see the construction techniques of the 18th century artisans. You can also enjoy the property’s scenic beauty by hiking on its trails to Cat Point Creek.
The first church constructed here, most likely a wood-framed structure, was built under the direction of John Carter and finished in 1670. In 1730, John’s son Robert “King” Carter, colonial Virginia’s most powerful planter, proposed to build a brick church here at his own expense, which the vestry of Christ Church Parish accepted. Finished in 1735, Christ Church was the most finely crafted Anglican parish church in all of colonial Virginia.
The Morattico Waterfront Museum is situated in the heart of the watermen’s village on the north shore of the Rappahannock River with commanding views of the river, Lancaster Creek, and Mulberry Bay. The village takes its name from the Moraughtacund Indians of the Algonquin Nation encountered in the area by Captain John Smith in 1608.
Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is the newest of four refuges that comprise the Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Established in 1996, the goal of the Refuge is to protect 20,000 acres of wetlands and associated uplands along the River and its major tributaries.
The vineyard and winery is on the 243-acre estate once known as Belle Mount Plantation, not far from Warsaw, the county seat for Richmond County. The scenic vineyard setting, that includes a banquet hall and log cabins, overlooks the Rappahannock River and Cat Point Creek.