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Northumberland County, Virginia, USA - Northumberland County Courthouse, Heathsville, Virginia

The Virginia General Assembly created Northumberland County in 1648. Settlement began in the Northern Neck of this area, about 1635. It was originally known as the Chickacoan Indian District. The first evidence of the name Northumberland was in 1644, in the colonial records.

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Northumberland County Courthouse, Heathsville, Virginia
Northumberland County, Virginia, USA

Northumberland County Courthouse, Heathsville, Virginia

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1648 (Northumberland County) The county was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1648 during a period of rapid population growth and geographic expansion.
1854 - Northumberland county
Northumberland, a county in the E. part of Virginia, bordering on Chesapeake bay and on ;the estuary of the Potomac river, has an area of 150 square miles. Its eastern outline is indented by several inlets, two of which are called the Coan and Wicomico rivers. The surface is somewhat undulating, and the soil of medium quality. Indian corn, wheat, potatoes, cattle, and swine are the staples. In 1860 this county produced 221,587 bushels of corn; 53,902 of wheat; 15,093 of sweet potatoes ; and 29,773 pounds of butter. It contained 3 tanneries, 11 churches, and 279 pupils attending academies and other schools. Formed in 1648. Capital, Heathsville. Population, 7346;
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1895 - Northumberland county
Northumberland, an eastern county of Virginia, has an area of about 180 square miles. It is bounded on the N.E. by the estuary of the Potomac River, and on the E. by Chesapeake Bay. The coast-line of this county is marked by many indentations, and the S.E. is intersected by the Wicomico River. The surface is undulating or nearly level, and a large part of it is covered with forests. The soil produces Indian corn, wheat, &c. Capital, Heathsville. Pop, in 1870, 6863; in 1880, 7929; in 1890, 7885.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Northumberland County:
Stratford Hall:
Start your journey with a visit to Stratford Hall, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee. This historic plantation features a magnificent Georgian mansion, beautiful gardens, and walking trails. Learn about the history of the Lee family and the estate as you explore the grounds.

Rice's Hotel / Hughlett's Tavern:
This historic site in Heathsville is a great place to immerse yourself in the county's history. The complex includes Rice's Hotel, a restored 1795 tavern, and the Tavern Hall, which features exhibits on local history. Check their schedule for special events and live performances.

Chesapeake Bay Beaches:
Northumberland County boasts a stunning stretch of coastline along the Chesapeake Bay. Spend a day relaxing on the sandy beaches, swimming in the bay's calm waters, or searching for seashells. The bay sunsets are especially breathtaking.

Kayaking and Canoeing:
With its numerous creeks, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay, Northumberland County is an ideal... Read MORE...

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