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The Tidewater area, Virginia’s coastal plains, begins at the conjunction of four rivers: the Potomac, Rappahannock, James and York. These rivers form fingers of land, “necks,” that poke out into Chesapeake Bay creating estuaries for thousands of migratory birds and wildlife. There is water everywhere you look, making the area ideal for water sports of every kind.

The town of Reedville was founded in 1874 on the banks of Cockrell’s Creek in the Bayshore Northern Neck area. Since then, the main industry here has been fishing. Be sure to check out the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum with exhibits detailing the history of fishing in ...

The Tidewater area, Virginia’s coastal plains, begins at the conjunction of four rivers: the Potomac, Rappahannock, James and York. These rivers form fingers of land, “necks,” that poke out into Chesapeake Bay creating estuaries for thousands of migratory birds and wildlife. There is water everywhere you look, making the area ideal for water sports of every kind.

The town of Reedville was founded in 1874 on the banks of Cockrell’s Creek in the Bayshore Northern Neck area. Since then, the main industry here has been fishing. Be sure to check out the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum with exhibits detailing the history of fishing in the area. A mile down the Rappahannock brings you to Irvington, settled in the early 1700s; the pride of this small town is Christ Church, completed in 1735. The building remains unchanged down to the original Communion silver.

The towns of Gloucester, Tappahannock and Urbanna in the Middle Peninsula have elegant historic districts with buildings dating to the 18th century. At Gloucester Point, you can visit the Virginia Institute of Marine Science with eight aquariums of salt water fish native to the region.

East of Fredericksburg is the Northern Neck, the most fertile land in the Tidewater area. It was here that America's Founding Father, George Washington, was born on February 22, 1732. His family’s plantation is now the George Washington Birthplace National Monument. Nearby, Stratford Hall was the home of four generations of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s family. Costume guided tours are given of both houses.

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Frances Folsom is the author of CitySpot Palermo, a contributor to the Reiskits guides to Milan and Italy's Lakes Region, and Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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  • Location: Tidewater is a region of the eastern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Research: Wikipedia
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    Pick your season depending on what you want to do. If fishing, swimming and boating are a top priority, then go in summer or early autumn. For flora and fauna and hiking, visit in spring, late summer and autumn.