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The Mattaponi: A Kayakers Intrique

Our region has a lot of rivers to offer, and each river has something to offer. With a multiplicity of river adventures to be had, how does one choose? Let’s make a case for a unique and historic river in the Tidewater Region—the Mattaponi—and the quiet glory of kayaking through its...

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Box & Company

Since the earliest days of our history as a commonwealth, a nation and a collective group of citizens — the Tidewater, Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck region of Virginia has been a desirable place to establish our families and build our homes. Those who came before us so long ago...

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Old River Cabinets

“There is no magic formula to the success of Old River Cabinets,” says owner Victor Morrissette. “We simply work hard and build the best cabinets in the nation.” While other cabinet manufacturers are selling the customer what they have, Old River Cabinets has decided to build the...

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Reedville, Virginia

Located at the very end of U.S. Route 360 on Virginia’s Northern Neck lies Reedville, Virginia. Mention Reedville to anyone from these parts and the first thing that comes to mind is FISHING! Sport fishing, fishing tournaments, recreational fishing and the big boys of the Atlantic...

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Saving the Stack

Assuming that you have been to Reedville, by land or by sea, you most assuredly would have noticed a lone masonry stack that has stood for over a hundred years, as a sentry in Reedville’s harbor, at Cockrell’s creek. She is a proud and well built remnant left from the great menhaden...

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Wineries in the Chesapeake Bay Area

This historic Tidewater region of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula falls between the Potomac and York rivers, with the Chesapeake Bay to the east. Here in the winter of 1607–08, Captain John Smith was a prisoner of the Powhatans. Here were born three presidents — George...

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Workhorse of the Bay

One lazy summer afternoon my wife and I were strolling down Prince Street in the historic area of Tappahannock Virginia marveling at the many old buildings still existing in the area. Buildings like the Old Debtor’s Prison dating back to 1769, Beale Memorial Baptist Church constructed...

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Oyster Gardeners

Back in the 1920s, when I was just a lad, my mother used to send me out to pick oysters in Jackson Creek. I would put on my boots and wade into the water. There were so many oysters that I just picked them up by hand until I got a bucket full. We ate oysters for dinner about twice a...

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Wicomico Treat

Tucked away from the road on a gracious driveway is the Cockrell house. Built in 2005, it is perched on a hillside with natural landscaping and giving views of the Great Wicomico from every room in the house. This elegant 4,000 square foot river home is one of the nicest homes we have...

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Building Green #4

It has been 13 months since we broke ground for the construction of our green home but we are finally moved in! Challenges large and small have been overcome and our dream has been realized. The pictures will tell much of the story for this, the last of four articles tracking the...

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Protect Our Most Valuable Renewable Resource

From the words of Leonora Speyer, “The trees are God’s great alphabet: With them He writes in shining green, Across the world His thoughts serene.” Forest land is the most important “crop” land in our great Commonwealth so we should guard and protect it for future generations....

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Profile: Forester Henry Bashore

Many on the Northern Neck know his name. Many more know him by his works. His vision has changed the face of this land. His walls display his many awards. He can name the forests and trees as quickly as the names of friends and family. He has changed the face of this area and helped...

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Barns: Cathedrals of the Farm

In this area there remain large tracks of land that grace our eyes with the changing look of seasons planted, growing and harvested. Farmland stretches out from the road to the horizon. Farmhouses sit at the end of long, dusty driveways with wrap around porches and large shade trees....

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