The Virginia Handbook
by Blair Howard, Mary Burnham, & W. Burnham Jr. (Hunter Publishing)
Virginia’s wide, flat coastal region slopes gently from the Chesapeake Bay, rising no more than a hundred feet or so between the shoreline and the fall line, a geologic formation that signals the beginning of Virginia’s Piedmont. Besides fishing, antiquing is probably one of the most popular activities on both Peninsulas. The quaint “court houses” – or county seats – provide hours of browsing through curio shops. Then take a break at any one of a plenitude of fine seafood restaurants, to sample the harvest of the Chesapeake Bay, North America’s largest estuary. Nestled between the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers, Virginia’s Northern Neck is a narrow, picturesque peninsula as beautiful and unspoiled as it was when Captain John Smith first visited in 1608.
Visitors can explore local historic sites, sail, cruise, fish or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. Here you can visit the birthplaces of George Washington and Robert E. Lee, as well as two signers of the Declaration of Independence. Located less than two hours from the nation’s capital, the Northern Neck peninsula encompasses five counties: King George, Westmoreland, Richmond, Northumberland and Lancaster. This eTrail provides detailed information on sights, events, entertainment, shopping, dining, accommodations, and transportation in this area of Virginia.
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