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The Northern Neck of Virginia is a rural area which has been settled since the 1600's and is rich in historic and recreational resources. Although located in close proximity to major metropolitan areas, it has remained relatively unscathed by over development. Westmoreland County is the birthplace of President George Washington, President James Monroe, General Robert E. Lee and of two signers of the Declaration of Independence, Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee. The area was explored by the earliest settlers to this country, including Captain John Smith, an early Jamestowne citizen.

Surrounded by water and steeped in history, Westmoreland County is also where 115 patriots gathered to sign a document, the Leedstown Resolves, that laid the goundwork for the revolution. In addition to the rich history you can also enjoy the wines from our vines and the local fresh seafood, produce and fruit.

Several of our local historic sites, Stratford Hall and James Monroe's Birthplace, recently became part of the Road to Revolution Heritage Trail, which celebrates sites that led to America's independence. Ingleside is also near the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail corridor.

Here are some links to our local attractions & tourism partners (listed in alphabetical order):


Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail

(Wineries vary in distance from Ingleside)

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Recently voted the "#1 Wine Trail in Eastern Virginia" by the readers of Virginia Living Magazine, the Cheseapeake Bay Wine Trail consists of twelve wineries located in Virginia's Cheseapeake Bay region. This unique wine trail offers a quaint atmosphere and scenic coastal landscapes thce the wine tasting experience. However, for all of its relaxed attitude, this wine trail still boasts a host of award-winning wines. Definitely take the time to experience the trail for yourself! 

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George Washington’s Birthplace National Monument
 

(Distance from Ingleside: 5.4 miles)

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Washington’s Birthplace gives a unique look into what growing up was like for our nations first President. Washington’s childhood home and estate has been restored to its proper glory, replete with a living colonial farm that features livestock and tobacco as well as actors/historians that let you interactively participate in their daily chores of everything from cooking to smithing. Ranger talks are also offered on the hour from 10am to 4pm.

Contact: 804-224-1732 

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James Monroe’s Birthplace

Distance from Ingleside: 5.4 miles

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Open every Saturday and Sunday between Memorial Day and Labor Day, everyone is welcome to come for a brief history lesson and to see the humble beginnings of the property where our fifth president lived from birth up until he left for college. On the site of his birthplace is a visitor center that offers education on James Monroe and the cultural history of the land while also preserving his legacy.

Contact: 804-214-9145

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Rappahannock River Cruises

(Distance from Ingleside to Tappahnock Dock - 36.7 miles)

Rap_8sm-webOpen from May through October, Rappahannock River Cruises makes enjoying some of the Northern Neck's best sights a breeze aboard the Captain Thomas as you enjoy a peaceful voyage from Tappahannock, VA to Ingleside Vineyards. Individuals, couples, and private groups alike have all enjoyed these getaways and we love to have boat tours stop for picnics and wine in our courtyard! An optional catered lunch is available with advance reservations for cruise passengers.

Contact: 804-453-2628

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Road to Revolution Heritage Trail

(Locations vary in distance from Ingleside)

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The Road to Revolution Heritage Trail includes several of our local historic attractions, including George Washington’s Birthplace, James Monroe’s Birthplace and Stratford Hall. Retrace the footsteps of our founding fathers as they undertook the long and difficult road to American independence. Learn how the ideals of freedom continued to evolve even after our nation’s birth. The overall Trail consists of 22 historic locations throughout Virginia, all connected to the founding of our nation. Be sure to make a stop at Ingleside along the way!

Contact: 1-800-370-9004

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Stratford Hall 

(Distance from Ingleside: 11 miles)

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Stratford Hall offers guided tours inside the historic 18th century building that served as a home for two signers of the Declaration of Independence and General Robert E. Lee. Stratford Hall also has a gift shop, a dining room with lunch and dinner options, a historic library, nature trails and gardens overlooking the Potomac River and a beach that is great for picnics.

Contact: 804-493-8038

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Town of Colonial Beach

(Distance from Ingleside: 7.2 miles)

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The Town of Colonial Beach features a beach along the Potomac River, restaurants, art galleries, and a beautiful half-mile stretch of boardwalk. You can tour the quaint town by driving/walking through its streets to enjoy the eclectic architecture and miles of waterside road or you can visit the Historical Society Museum at Colonial Beach. Whether you’re looking to splash in the waves, visit a restaurant, enjoy an ice-cream cone, or simply relax in the pleasures that only a small town can offer, then Colonial Beach is the place for you. 

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Westmoreland Berry Farm / Voorhees Nature Preserve

(Distance from Ingleside: 5.8 miles)

berryfarmThe Westmoreland Berry Farm has a variety of flora and fauna that you can interact with, a country store, café and nature trails. Kids and adults alike will love their famous goat walk. They also allow customers to go out into the fields and pick their own fruit—which is always fun for the whole family! Be sure to visit their website or call for pick your own fruit schedules.

UPDATE: Rt. 637/Rappahannock Rd. has been repaired and now provides an easy route to the Berry Farm from Ingleside (only 5.8 miles).

Contact: 804-224-9171

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Westmoreland County Museum & Library 

(Distance from Ingleside: 13.9 miles)

West-Museum-web2This is our area's oldest library. It celebrates the Northern Neck's unique history, with an original portrait of Robert E. Lee, artifacts belonging to George Washington, and busts of the presidents Madison, Monroe, and Washington—all of whom were born locally, as well as local Native American artifacts.

Contact: 804-493-8440

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Westmoreland State Park 

(Distance from Ingleside: 9.3 miles)

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With cabins, camping, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, snack bar, camp store, boat rentals, boat ramps, visitor center, fishing pier, six miles of trails, a beach, cliffs, sharks teeth and other fossils, amazing wildlife, picnic shelters, guided kayak trips, paddleboard rentals, and nature/history programs, this is easily one of Virginia’s finest parks. This natural park is rich with history and is frequently celebrating something new with a myriad of events, so be sure to check out their events schedule too.

Contact: 804-493-8821

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Other helpful links & resources:

To learn more about the Northern Neck, you can visit the Northern Neck Tourism Commission website:
http://www.northernneck.org/

List of Northern Neck attractions:
http://www.northernneck.org/NNTC-PAGES/attractions.htm

Learn more about Westmoreland County and view an interactive map on the Visit Westmoreland website: http://www.visitwestmorelandva.org/index.html

Fredericksburg, VA is our closest "big city" and may be on the way to Ingleside for those traveling from the north or west. You can learn more at the Visit Fred website: http://www.visitfred.com/

 


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