"Gateway to the Northern Neck" Tappahannock by b1bob
Tappahannock Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 28 photos
Captain John Smith, one of the original tourists to the area, visited Essex during the winter of 1607-08. On his first visit he did not linger a lot. While he was trying to disembark near what is now the county seat of Tappahannock, the Indians drove him back to his ship. The British settlers eventually established counties on both sides of the Rappahannock River. In 1645, Bartholomew Hoskins patented the Tappahannock site, which became known, at various times as Hobb's Hole, the short-lived New Plymouth, and the Indian name Tappahannock. The port town was to become a centre of commerce during the 17th and 18th centuries establishing a crossroads. Colonial charm is evident in the architecture of private homes and businesses in the old town area. Street names such as Marsh, Queen, Prince, Duke, Cross, Church, and Water are original. In 1705, the town was once again known by its Indian name of Tappahannock meaning "town on the rise and fall of water." One of the first signs of rebellion against British rule happened here. Leading merchant Archibald Ritchie, who supported the Stamp Act, was labeled as "the greatest enemy of his country." In 1766, gentlemen from nine counties gathered at Leedstown to draft the "Resolutions" that led Virginians to disobey Parliament. The lifeline for local watermen, the river is also a draw for the many weekend visitors from Richmond and the Washington DC area. Every June, Tappahannock hosts the Rivahfest which pays tribute to the Rappahannock River which sustains life as they know it here.
- Pros:Tappahannock still holds to its sense of history and small-town values.
- Cons:The traffic can get congested at the weekend and it's sometimes hard to find a parking slot.
- In a nutshell:A friendly small town along the Rappahannock River.
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