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Northumberland County has the Quality of Life you are looking for

You and Your Employees Deserve a Great Community to Live In!

We are a Community of Neighborhoods

  • Northumberland County Is not the largest or smallest county in population, but we are comfortably spread over 192 square miles and Northumberland County still enjoys a “small town” feel
  • Northumberland County holds several community events throughout the year that brings our entire town together

Different Generations, Same Hometown!

  • There are very few communities across the state and country in which it is common to have up to 3 generations of families all living in the same hometown, but it’s not a rarity in Northumberland County
  • We have housing for newly-weds who are just beginning their lives together, apartments and condominiums for singles, homes for families of all sizes and incomes, and several age-restricted communities
  • Northumberland County is home to one of the finest Senior Citizen Centers in the entire country

Great Schools

  • Excellent public and private schools
  • Public School System serves over  1,400 students
  • 1 public elementary schools
  • 1 public middle schools
  • 1public high schools
  • 1 special education school

Low Taxes

  • Over the past 5 consecutive township budgets, municipal taxes have be held to less than 2 percent (or less than 0.4 percent per year)
  • Low Taxes When compared to neighboring towns, Northumberland County enjoys one of the Lowest tax bills in virginia

Excellent and Diverse Housing Stock

  • We have housing for every size and income of family
  • Excellent starter homes for newly-weds
  • Quality and Affordable Apartments, Town Houses and Condominiums
  • Several age-restricted communities

Safe Community

  • Northumberland County is one of the safest communities of its size across the entire country

Parks & Recreation

  • We are a community of over 192 square miles, with plenty of open space
  • Home to many different public parks and playgrounds!
  • We have a premier “Accessible Playground”, which allows children with special needs to play right alongside with children with all abilities
  • Northumberland County Sports, Clubs and Activities gets a A-Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
  • Home to a number of gardening, sport and outdoor clubs including the Garden Club of Virginia which hosts Historic Garden Week in Virginia, Northumberland County, visitors tour beautiful homes and gardens across Virginia and enjoy all the Commonwealth has to offer.
  • We have several recreational leagues and summer camp opportunities for our youth


Restaurants of Northumberland County

  • We have fine dining establishments for every taste and pocketbook
  • Residents can sample excellent entrées annually at “A Taste of Northumberland County” event


  •  In 1648, this “Mother County of the Northern Neck” was officially formed by an act passed by the Burgesses in Jamestown, Virginia and named after County Northumberland, England.
  • We are home to several historic sites that provide us with an appreciation of the past while reminding us of our historical significance, such as the Sayen House, Kuser Mansion and the Grafton House.
  • You can enjoy our beautiful historic homes and also host special your next special events in some of the homes, such as wedding receptions, celebrations, business meetings or special gatherings
  • We are home to a Civil War and Native American Museum that features Civil War exhibits and Delaware Indian artifacts
  • Home to the Bow Hill Mansion (built in the 1790’s), the Isaac Pearson Mansion (built in 1773), the John Abbott II House (built in 1730), the Isaac Watson House (built in 1708)
  • Home to Camp Olden, New Jersey’s first Civil War Training Camp
  • George Washington made his way through Northumberland County to the Battle of Princeton during the Revolutionary War

Health & Wellness

  • THREE RIVERS HEALTH Northumberland County
  • Several local gyms, health clubs and wellness organizations
  • Relaxing spas to enjoy
  • Public health initiative, or Wellness Campaign, that includes walks and healthy cooking classes
  • Several parks and recreational facilities for residents to enjoy the outdoors

Arts & Culture

  • Northumberland County’s  Arts and artists are diverse and many of the items can be seen at the local shops throughout the county.




(Swimming, Hiking)

Hughlett’s Point Nature Preserve.  Sandy beach on the Chesapeake Bay at Dividing Creek.  End of Rt. 605 off Rt. 200, North of Kilmarnock.  462-5030.


Tangier Island and Chesapeake Cruises on the Chesapeake Breeze, departing from Buzzard’s Point Marina near Lillian at the end of Rt. 656.  For reservations call 453-2628.

Smith Island Cruise
aboard the Captain Evans, departing from KOA Campground in Reedville.  For reservations call 453-3430.


Sunnybank Ferry The Sunnybank Ferry is free and it can carry up to two vehicles. It connects Rt. 644 from Sunnybank to Ophelia, M-F 8am-4:30pm. Saturday 8-12:00 Noon. Note: Closed daily 12:00 Noon to 12:30 for Lunch and Sundays. The Ferry may also be closed at short notice for adverse tide or weather conditions.


Quinton Oaks off Rt. 600 at Callao.  18 holes course, driving range, practice green, lessons, daily 7am-dark.  529-5367.


Ball Memorial Library and Museum in Heathsville.  Mon., Wed. and Thurs. 9am-4pm.; every 2nd & 4th Sat. 9am-1pm.  580-8581.

Reedville Fishermen’s Museum (RFM)  in Reedville.  Dedicated to preserving the heritage of the maritime history of the lower Chesapeake Bay area and the watermen who have plied their trade here for hundreds of yearsOpen Daily 10:30 to 4:30 thru October.   Web Site

Rice’s Hotel – Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville, built in the late 1700’s.

Bush Mill Stream Natural Area Preserve
Forest walks, bird watching and wildlife.  4 miles from Heathsville to Rt. 201, keep straight on Rt. 642 for a half mile, turn left at the sign.  For info, call Belle Isle Park, 462-5030.

Hughlett’s Point Nature Preserve. Sandy beach on the Chesapeake Bay at Dividing Creek.  End of Rt. 605 off Rt. 200, North of Kilmarnock.  462-5030.


  • Coan Hall, site of the plantation of John Mottrom, Northumberland’s first settler, c. 1640, on Rt. 630 near Claraville.  Victorian cottage (privately owned) dates to c. 1870.
  • Cobb’s Hall Burying Ground on Rt. 669 near Ditchley, 1664 grave of Richard Lee. More information on Cobb’s Hall Burying Grounds can be found here:
  • Cypress Farm off Rt. 624 near Lewisetta, one of the area’s older cemeteries, dating to the early 1800’s. You can find more historic information about Cypress Farm here:
  • Ditchley: National Landmark Georgia house, c. 1752, on Rt. 725, (privately owned).
    Heathsville Historic District: includes Confederate Monument, 1873; Haynie Cemetery, 1697; Heathsville Methodist Church, 1894; Oakley House, c. 1800; old county jail, 1844; Rice’s Hotel, c. 1790; Rice/Richardson/Robertson House, c. 1900; Springfield, c. 1828; St. Stephen’s Church, c. 1881; Holly Graded School; National Landmark, 1920, on Rt. 360 in Lottsburg.
  • Howland Chapel: c. 1867, National Landmark on Rt. 201 near Heathsville.
  • Kirkland Grove: Baptist campground on Rt. 249 in Heathsville, 1892.
  • Locksley Hall: off Rt. 360 near Lillian, privately owned, c. 1865.
  • Northumberland House Cemetery: privately owned.  Grave of Col. John Monroe, Revolutionary War Officer, 1813.
  • Reedville Historic District (70 buildings) including Bethany UMC, c. 1900; bed and breakfasts, The Gables, c. 1909 and the Elizabeth House; the Reedville House, c. 1885; the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, c. 1875.
  • Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville, built in the late 1700’s.

For a complete listing of other attractions and events in our area, please visit the Northern Neck Tourism Council Web Site

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