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Sunday, April 08, 2012
VIRGINIA'S NORTHERN NECK--NEW AND INTRIGUING
! After spending a few days in Massanutten in the Virginia Shenandoah Valley, we head to “the Rivah.” That’s where my cousin Rita invited us—to her and Bruce’s home on the in Yeocomico River . Kinsale, Virginia
The Northern Neck is a part of
we hadn’t visited before, and its beauty opens our eyes to a Virginia very different from the stately Virginia with Skyline Drive running along its ridges overlooking the gorgeous, lush, Shenandoah Mountains Shenandoah Valley below.
It is different from
and Virginia Tech, so reminiscent of our own Blacksburg with its farms, green rolling hills, and small town ambiance. Warwick, New York
It is different from
Northern Virginia and with its young, professional and worldly population bustling about in the DC’s monumental atmosphere or enjoying the majesty of the Arlington Potomac.
It is different from Richmond, a city that exudes a comfortable, suburban sophistication and less than two hours away from Kinsale, close enough even for an ambitious commuter hungry for daily connection with the flat farmland and the myriad coves—the nooks and crannies of the rivah.
Family names in Rita and Bruce’s area can be traced back for generations, yes, to the first Englishmen and women who settled this part of the country. To experience this history, we head to the
to visit the centuries’ old churchyard and get a glimpse of another time and place. Yeocomico Church
This peaceful church, the original one of wood built in 1655 and the current brick church in 1706, is nestled in an incredibly beautiful setting. We stroll through the churchyard, reading headstones. Some graves are decorated with flags. The ancient trees with their knotted trunks and the autumnally-harvested brown cornfields across the way guard all who sleep here in the palpable peace.
Then, driving to the
Potomac to scout out some fishing sites, we witness three or four men reeling in bluefish one after the other. We make note of the sandy spot with hopes of future expeditions. Homes, dockages, and boats line the shore, and from where we stand we can look across the beautiful water and see ’s shores. Maryland
Truly a beautiful part of the country, try to spend some time here. You’ll not regret it.