…Life in the “Neck”…


The Northern Neck of Virginia sits on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Nestled between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers this kingdom abounds in delicate beauty captivating a natural pristine refinement. The region surrounded with rich farmlands and plentiful waterways reflects a unique dialect among the natives.

A job transfer guided my family to this amazing place in April 1997–literally sight unseen. After spending thirty-two years in the excessively warm climate of Tampa Bay, the seasonal changes and the priceless friendships of the locals is what keeps us here. Fortunate enough to house a family of eagles we have the daily advantage of following these giant creatures circling high above the clouds.

Illustrious rich history surrounds the counties encompassing the Northern Neck. We are home to a number of celebrated historical leaders including George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe and Robert E. Lee. Eco-rich with battlefields this locality is a natural playground for any enthusiast of yesteryear. Industry consists largely of logging, farming and watermen. Local businesses have been handed down generation to generation.

Warsaw is directly in the middle of the Northern Neck. Home to three traffic lights, one grocery store and a few fast food establishments many business’ still run on the honor system. Local restaurants accept checks and the Thomas Store, family owned and operated for the past forty years is well-known throughout the community for the old fashion notion of cash only and if needed a hand-shake agreement.

There are only two main roads in and out of the community. Route 360 runs east and west with east dropping squarely into the Chesapeake Bay while heading west takes you to the state capital of Richmond. Route 3 runs north and south with northbound moving you into Fredericksburg where I-95 is accessible. A quick jaunt on the interstate (traffic permitting) directly connects you to the DC area. South on Rte 3 brings you to the enchanting towns of Kilmarnock and Irvington. Traffic jams are non-existent.

Now the following names have not been changed to protect the innocent–Drinking Swamp Road, Box and Groud Lane, School House Meadows. Folly Neck runs perpendicular to the Hook and horizontal to Beaver Dam. In hopes of attracting a colony of retiring DC boomers Folly Farms is under development.

For those long overdue weekend ramblings the following locations are close in proximity: Virginia Beach 114.7 miles, Jamestown 80.6 miles, Richmond 53.3 miles and Washington DC 109.8 miles.  Within five hours you can escape essentially to any provincial hole in the state.

Welcome to the Northern Neck, breath-taking, splendid, and a true hidden gem.

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”  ~Erma Bombeck

See you soon!

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About jant1951

Grandmother, mother, wife, sister, friend, aunt. A professed love of theatre. Retired from Verizon. Financial secretary at Rappahannock High School. Married to "The Mechanic Man". Love to travel. Born again Christian! View all posts by jant1951

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