Westmoreland County is located on the Northern Neck, between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers, and is in close proximity to Washington, DC. Westmoreland County offers rich history, beautiful terrain, and a plethora of recreational activities. The most recent census estimates a population of over 17,500 people in this county. Westmoreland County is well suited for those searching for a rural lifestyle and a private river getaway. The small central town of Montross offers restaurants, coffee shops and grocery shopping.
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Throughout Westmoreland County there are a number of historically significant locations, including five Civil War battlefield parks, George Washington’s Birthplace Park, and James Monroe’s birthplace. Additionally, Stratford Hall, with over 1,900 acres on the Potomac River preserves the history of Robert E. Lee’s family plantation and eighteenth-century home. History buffs and nature lovers belong in this county.
Along the rivers and beaches, you can enjoy swimming, boating, fishing (freshwater and saltwater.) Other local outdoor activities include camping, hiking, cycling and picnicking. Other attractions in Westmoreland County include Ingleside Vineyards & Winery, Northern Neck Wine Trail, Northern Neck Bike Trail, Northern Neck Birding Trail, Westmoreland Berry Farm and Voorhees Nature Preserve.
Additionally, Westmoreland State Park (opened in 1936) provides an expansive 1,299 acres to explore. Park visitors enjoy many activities such as hiking, kayaking, fossil searching, and bird watching. They can also participate in the guided walks, history programs, festivals and workshops provided by the State Park. Locals or visitors wanting to camp in the park overnight can find tent sites, RV sites, and cabins.
Driving distance from:
- Richmond — 62 miles (1hr 21min)
- Washington, D.C. — 82 miles (1hr 55min)
- Norfolk — 117 miles (2hr 19min)
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