Life moves at a slower pace in Northumberland County, which lies on the Chesapeake Bay and is just across the Potomac River from Maryland. The abundance of waterways, laid-back lifestyle, and temperate climate have made it one of Virginia’s leading retirement and vacation communities. Northumberland comprises 286 square miles, with 94 square miles of water, and a population of approximately 12,400. At the time of English settlement around 1635, the area was inhabited by the Native American Wicomico and Chickacoan tribes. In 1648, this “Mother County of the Northern Neck” was organized and named after County Northumberland, England.
The county seat is Heathsville, with its historic district, Colonial-era Hughlett’s Tavern, and the delightful Athena Vineyards. Another charming town is Reedville, rich in maritime history and home to the Chesapeake Bay menhaden fleet. Abundant shopping and dining can be found in Kilmarnock, which stretches from the edge of Northumberland into Lancaster County. But Northumberland’s greatest asset is its waterfront, with miles of bay and river frontage, fishing charters and tournaments, cruises to Tangier and Smith Islands, and ideal areas for water sports, kayaking, and taking in the sights and sounds of nature.
Come to Northumberland… a great place to visit, a great place to call home.
Areas in Northumberland: Kilmarnock, Burgess, Callao, Heathsville, Lottsburg, Reedville, Wicomico Church
Bodies of Water: Chesapeake Bay, Ingram Bay, Potomac River, Great Wicomico River, Cockrell Creek, Dividing Creek, Indian Creek, Mill Creek