Showcasing Tourism in Northumberland County, VA
Ripe with history and natural beauty, tourism comes naturally to Northumberland County. As such, the Northumberland Echo has launched a “Tourism” page as part of its newly redesigned and much-improved website. Here, our online readers can learn more about local attractions and we can help bring awareness to an industry on the move. In our initial launch, we have decided to feature the following attractions:
The Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, an affiliate member of the Council of American Maritime Museums, is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the maritime history of the lower Chesapeake Bay, the watermen who have made their living there and the menhaden industry that has existed in Reedville for over a century.
The Northern Neck Farm Museum began with a collector, an individual who refused to discard what was once considered useful and later became obsolete. In his 50-plus years of farming, Luther Welch, a native of Northumberland County, grew his collection of farm equipment and wanted to share it. Other farmers and community members shared his dream and a five county regional museum was formed in 2006 to tell the story of agriculture on the Northern Neck of Virginia.
Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern, the last surviving 1700s structure of its kind in the Northern Neck, is located on Route 360 in the heart of the Historic Town Square, directly behind the Old Court. The original three-room tavern was built by John Hughlett some 250 years ago, and is on both the Virginia and National Registers of Historic Places.