Historic Sites in Virginia’s Northern Neck and Essex County: A Guide
This is an indispensible Guide for those who have an active or potential interest in the rich history of the Northern Neck region of Virginia and its historic sites. This six-county Tidewater region includes the birthplaces of George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe, and Robert E. Lee. The book includes a brief history of the region beginning with the exploratory voyages by Capt. John Smith up the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers in 1608, and his encounters with various local Native American communities.
The 460 historic sites described in this Guide range from grand plantations such as Stratford Hall, to the modest early homes of middling planters, to early churches, schools and courthouses. Most of these sites still exist, but some "lost" sites are also included because of their historic significance, and as reminders of the continuing need for active preservation efforts. The book contains 445 photos together with three-dozen maps showing the location of these historic sites. The general cutoff date for inclusion was the Civil War, but the Guide also contains descriptions of various later sites as well, including many early African American schools and churches, and other important sties such as those involving the steamboat and fishing industries.