The Northern Neck of Virginia, “a peninsula nestled between the Potomac and the Rappahannock Rivers,” draws many people to vacation and retire. It is also home to local waterman, farmers and other families that have chosen to build their lives here. Given that people come to the area for all different reasons and at all different times in their lives, the Northern Neck is rich in culture and diverse lifestyles. The Northern Neck is a slow paced rural area, but it is a short distance from a number of cities. Williamsburg is under an hour away from parts of the NN, Richmond is about an hour and a half and DC is under 3 hours away. Thus, day trips to big cities for shopping and events is no problem. The NN provides some very unique waterfront and access. You can boat and fish on the Bay, relax on the beaches of the Chesapeake and enjoy the calmer waters of the many rivers and small creeks.
The Northern Neck mostly encompasses Northumberland and Lancaster County. Northumberland County includes the towns of Heathsville, where there is a Food Lion, restaurants, gas station, Dollar General and the county government, Burgess, Callao, Lottsburg, Lewisetta and Reedville. Reedville has a Main Street and waterfront restaurants. Lancaster County has the closest “city” – Kilmarnock – where you will find 2 grocery stores, a Main Street with shops and restaurants and a Walmart. White Stone and Irvington are also in Lancaster County, within a few miles of Kilmarnock. Irvington is best known for the resort, The Tides Inn. Houses in the Northern Neck are valued at prices from under $100,000 up into the millions. Waterfront homes are generally more expensive than non-waterfront. However, all houses in the NN have water access as there are public boat launches, marinas, beaches and natural preserves.
The NN Tourism Commission offers an excellent website about the area. The site includes history, a map, a calendar and other information about the Northern Neck. Check it out at: http://www.northernneck.org/the-northern-neck-2/
Walk Score for The Northern Neck
The Northern Neck School Data
The Northern Neck School Districts
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The Northern Neck Schools
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