"Nearby Colonial Beach" George Washington Birthplace National Monument Things to Do Tip by Ewingjr98

Besides these great historic sites, in the same area you will find a cool little beach town called Colonial Beach. Its nickname is Golf Cart Town because these little scooters are street legal here once regstered with the town. The beaches look pretty nice, there is some history in the town Alexander Graham Bell's home for example), and there are a handful of good seafood restaurants.

The town was established in 1892 and incorporated in 1917. In the 1950s and 1960 the town was able to draw many visitors and skirt the law by building casinos in the Potomac River, which belongs to the state of Maryland up to the Virginia shoreline. In recent years the town has made a comeback of sorts, buoyed by legalized off-track betting. In the summers this town of about 3,500 swells to over 10,000 on busy weekends.

Colonial Beach is about 65 miles from both Washington, DC and Richmond, drawing visitors from both of these metropolitan areas. From here you are just two miles from Monroe Hall, maybe 10 miles from George Washington's Birthplace, and 15 miles from the Lee's plantation at Stratford Hall.

Website: http://www.colonialbeachva.net/

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  • Updated Jul 1, 2009
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