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Northern Neck: Historic Christ Church & Museum, three privately owned properties, and a cider tasting

Wednesday, October 9, 7:45am6:00pm
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Historic Christ Church, West Door Aerial. Photo courtesy of Historic Christ Church.

Virginia’s Northern Neck Peninsula is the “birthplace of our nation” with three of the first five American presidents being born here, along with other prominent families that helped form our nation. Generations of watermen continue to harvest Rockfish, Blue Crabs, and Virginia Oysters from the waters surrounding the peninsula and family farms still flourish to this day. This excursion includes a cider tasting at Ditchley Cider Works.

Historic Christ Church, Pulpit. Photo by John H. Whitehead, III.Historic Christ Church & Museum

Completed in 1735, Christ Church is the finest and best-preserved parish church from colonial Virginia. This National Historic Landmark site includes an interactive museum where visitors can explore the social and political world of colonial Virginia, the role of the Church of England, and the lives of the members of the parish.


Corotoman plantation was owned by the Carter family from 1653 until 1862. The large Georgian mansion was completed in 1725 but destroyed by fire just four years later. The mansion’s 90 by 40 feet foundation remains outlined on the property.


The Ditchley tract was patented in 1651 by Colonel Richard Lee, progenitor of the Lee family of Virginia. In 1792, the Lee family sold Ditchley to James Ball, kinsman of Mary Ball Washington, mother of George Washington. 


The Verville property was settled by the Thomas Carter family in the early 18th century and later acquired by Col. James Gordon, a Scots Irish immigrant. His son, Col. James Gordon II, inherited the property in 1768. Both Gordons were influential merchants, planters, and public officials. View the Gordon Family Portraits in the collection of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.

Learn more about these historic properties.


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