Our Colonial Heritage

Our Colonial Heritage (Can be a day trip or add this full day tour to your Virginia History itinerary. On the way from Williamsburg to Fredericksburg.)

After breakfast at the world-class Tides Inn (http://www.tidesinn.com), meet your docent at Historic Christ Church in Irvington. Built in 1735, this National Historic Landmark is the best preserved of Colonial Virginia’s Anglican parish churches. Virtually unchanged, its splendid architecture includes a three-level pulpit that towers over the individual enclosed high-backed pews. christchurch1735.org.

Tour the Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library in the Lancaster Courthouse Historic District. The complex of buildings built around 1800 includes the Old Clerk’s Office, Old Jail and Lancaster House. Mary Ball, born at nearby Epping Forest, was the mother of George Washington. http://www.mbwm.org/

Option #1: Lunch at Lancaster Tavern with a colonial flair in the historic district. http://www.lancastertavern.com/ Option #2: Return to The Tides Inn in Irvington for four-star luncheon in one of the resort’s dining rooms.  Stop in Kilmarnock for a small town strolling and shopping experience. Stop in at a gift shop or gallery along Main Street or just around the corner at the Kilmarnock Antiques Gallery on School Street featuring over 80 vendors.  http://www.virginia-antiques.com.

Visit the Kilmarnock Museum, which houses exhibits of business and commerce of Kilmarnock. Recalls the early days of the bustling town, first known as Steptoe’s Ordinary, settled in 1719. Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 11am-3pm. 804-436-9100   For further information, contact the Northern Neck Tourism Commission at 804.333.1919 or nntc@northernneck.org. Visit our web site www.northernneck.org