Be an explorer.

Tappahannock, VA is the oldest town in Essex County. Captain John Smith - one of our first tourists in 1607 - maintained its Native American names; Rappahannock River, which means "rise and fall of water," and Tappahannock village, which means "town on the rise and fall of water." It's just one hour east of Richmond, Virginia's capital, and two hours southeast of Washington DC, the Nation's Capital. It's a charming, historic, small town with a big heart.

During the War of 1812, a cannonball from an offshore battle flew into our very own B-house and shattered the marble fireplace. Today, you can see that fireplace up close - still with its shatter marks - and the cannonball that did the damage.

If you want to learn more about the history of our town, there are plenty of houses and buildings to tour from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, a couple of them are even on our campus! For more info, click here.

You can also take a historic marker self-guided tour - there are 22 of them in our county alone!

We love to explore Tappahannock! We're so close to the center of town, we can walk to cute boutiques, eat at our favorite lunch spot (Java Jack's,) go to the movies or get some fro-yo at Twisterz. There are also outdoor events we look forward to every year, including the Farmers' Market, RivahFest and Taste of Tappahannock.

For a list of places to eat, go here.

For a list of places to stay, go here.