Nestled in the middle of the southern part of Virginia, Essex County
was established in 1692 from the old Rappahannock County. In the 1600s Jacob
Hobbs established a trading post in the county area. To learn more about the
history of the county, take the Historic Town Walking Tour that will take you
all the way back to the 17th century. You can see buildings like
Scots Arms Tavern, dating back to 1680, all the way to the Old Clerk’s office,
which dates back to 1808. All of these are within three blocks of one another
in downtown making it an adventure you just can’t afford to miss.
Found only 100 miles south of DC and 95 miles north of
Norfolk, it is the perfect mix of everything you could want. Boating and
fishing are regular parts of everyday life here with a rural and relaxing
atmosphere to bask in. Little league for the kids, golfing for dad, and so more
including horseback riding. The public parks, such as Tappohannock and Marsh
Street Park, offer locations for the family to come together and play.
Rappahannock means “rise and fall” of the water and Rappahannock River Cruises
are offered Tuesdays through Sundays in the months from May to October for
those interested in that water experience. Essex is the place you’ll come to
visit and make your home.