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The Rappahannock River divides the Middle Peninsula from the Northern Neck along the Middlesex/Lancaster County border.  It begins in earnest southeast of Fredericksburg near the small town of Tappahannock.  The river joins the Chesapeake Bay between Deltaville and Stingray Point.

The Rappahannock is home to several of the prominent towns in the region including Urbanna, White Stone, Irvington and Deltaville.  During the Colonial Era, the river was a primary source of commerce to the towns along its stretch and supported tobacco transit and the fishing industry.

The Rappahannock is also known as a fertile environment for some of the area’s most sought after and quality oysters.

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