Located in Middlesex County along the Rappahannock River, Urbanna is a small town that is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Because it is tucked away further inland than many other well-known Northern Neck towns, Urbanna is arguably less centered around boating and fishing than Deltaville (or numerous other small villages closer to the Bay) and more about a relaxed pace of life along the river.
The Urbanna marinas, antique shops, pharmacy, restaurants, boutiques, historic landmarks and more are all within walking distance of each other throughout town, making it a wonderful place to spend a few days or a charming afternoon.
Home to the ‘official’ Oyster Festival of the Commonwealth, tens-of-thousands of people turn out from all over the east coast to get their oyster fix in Urbanna. Oysters here are served raw, steamed, fried, roasted, and in oyster stew. The Urbanna Oyster Festival also offers a number of contests, parades, live music, adult beverages, and plenty of other seafood delicacies. This annually-held November festival is not something to be missed — even Jimmy Buffett has attended!
The Urbanna Farmer’s Market (UFM) is another great opportunity to get a taste of Urbanna’s local flavor. Held on the second Saturday of each month May–September, the UFM has live music, hand-crafted items, jewelry, artwork, fruits and vegetables, artisanal cheeses and more. If you think you have what it takes to become a vendor, you can fill out the simple registration form and pay small fee to sell your own jams, baked goods, oil paintings, etc.
Middlesex County’s original courthouse is located in the heart of Urbanna and is one of the only remaining colonial courthouses in Virginia today. If you wander towards the outskirts of town you will come across two colonial plantations that are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hewick Plantation was established in 1678 and has become one of Virginia’s premier wedding and event venues. Rosegill Plantation resides on 860-acres of waterfront property and is regarded as one of Virginia’s most stunning waterfront properties. The three main houses date back to the 1600s, making them even older than some parts of historic Williamsburg.
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