Northern Neck

Chesapeake Conservancy

Two years ago, Richmond County, in Virginia's Northern Neck, approved a controversial plan to build a large golf course resort on a pristine cliff-top perched over the Rapphannock River. But developers are off to a bad start after illegally clearing over 13 wooded acres. 

Oyster Families Remember Life In The Northern Neck

Nov 24, 2017
Pamela D'Angelo

It's wild oyster season around the Chesapeake Bay. In Virginia's Northern Neck, at Belle Isle State Park, a new exhibit slated to open early next year will feature stories from people who lived and worked there during the 1940s and 1950s.

Pamela D'Angelo

Virginia prizes its rural communities; from farmer's markets to vineyards, to oyster trails. But, those same communities still aren't connected to affordable high-speed internet, making it hard for everyone from small businesses to students trying to do homework. Now, one region is looking into a unique partnership to get it done.

Tourists are drawn to the Northern Neck for its rural and Chesapeake Bay heritage. In building an official heritage area, the five-county region has established an Oyster Trail, Artisan Trail and Watermen Heritage Tours. Now, the African American Education Trail has been added.

The Virginia Slave Who Mailed Himself to Freedom

Mar 2, 2017
Pamela D'Angelo


Henry “Box” Brown was a born into slavery in Louisa County. At 15, he was sent to Richmond. 


Today, a group of musicians has chosen to honor Brown's story with a song about his escape. They performed recently during a Black History Celebration on Virginia’s Northern Neck. 


In front of an audience, many of whom were descendants of slaves, Glenn Birch told the story of Brown's unusual and daring journey.