Chesapeake Bay Maritime Heritage
Travel to Reedville to see this turn-of-the-century fishing village's historic district. Visit the Reedville Fishermen's Museum and its exhibits detailing the traditions of the working watermen and fishermen of the Chesapeake Bay. See several actual boat restorations or recreated replicas including one of Captain John Smith's barges, The Spirit of 1608. Also visit a third generation working boatyard and the Walker House, a modest 1875 fisherman's home.
Walk down Main Street to lunch at a casual waterfront setting. Dine at a marina with yachtsmen and watermen. Or arrange for a picnic lunch. Cruise aboard the skipjack Claud W. Somers from Reedville. Watch the crabbers in their traditional Chesapeake Bay workboats tending their crab pots and unloading their catch at a local crab house.
Tour The Gables, one of Reedville's fine Victorian sea captain's mansions. Learn how Captain Fisher built his stately home with ballast bricks from England and how he included the mast of his favorite schooner into the construction.
Spend the night at one of the Northern Neck's fine inns, motels or bed and breakfasts.
Located on a low bluff at the end of the Yeocomico River, the historic village of Kinsale was established in 1706. It is the oldest colonial port town on the Virginia side of the Potomac River. Learn about the 1813 battle on Kinsale Creek during America's second conflict with the British in the War of 1812.
Discover more about the schooners that frequented the busy port at the Kinsale Museum located in a late 1800s' barroom, and then board the Virginia W at nearby Port Kinsale Marina. Built in 1904 and one of only 22 known skipjacks still on the bay, this stylish former oyster workboat has been restored by the Port Kinsale Foundation.
Travel to one of the nearby wineries including Belle Mount Vineyards and enjoy the fruits of the vine near the Chesapeake Bay.
When you dine in the Northern Neck, order local seafood including blue crabs, fresh oysters or rockfish, a local delicacy.