King George County, VA
King George County is located on the Northern Neck of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The population in King George County, as of 2014, was estimated to be about 23,739. The county seat is the city of King George, which is located at the King George Courthouse. King George County real estate is surrounded by Rappahannock River to the north, Westmoreland County to the east and Stafford County to the west, so there are a variety of opportunities and amenities available including lakeside amenities. Westmoreland County attracts visitors with its fields, forests and shorelines. Stafford County brings you tons of history and natural beauty. The area is predominantly rural, so there are endless outdoor opportunities to dive into.
King George County homes are generally affordable with a median home price of about $258,100 as of May 2016. There are many communities within the county including Arnold’s Corner, Berthaville, Dahlgren, Dogue, Fairview Beach, Hampstead, Jersey, King George, Ninde, Owens, Passapatanzy, Port Conway, Rollins Fork, Sealston, Shiloh and Weedonville. Some are census-designated places and some are unincorporated. These are all rural communities with small-town and old-world charm. They come with homes starting in the low $100-thousands and even have homes ranging up to $6-million! Waterfront homes overlook the Potomac River. There’s a gorgeous King George County home for sale that sits on the river. It’s a luxurious brick colonial manor built in 1925. The property grants privacy, magnificent views, several gardens, a private beach with a 300-foot dock and the oldest historic hemlock hedge entrance in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
King George County’s history starts with numerous cultures of indigenous peoples living along the river for thousands of years. The European expedition arrived, and the Nanzatico Indians weren’t getting along with them. The tribe attacked John Rowley’s farm after he disputed with them on multiple occasions, so the Europeans took 40 of the Nanzatico people and sold them into slavery. The establishment of King George County came about when its territory was separated from Richmond County in 1720. The name is derived from King George I of Great Britain. In 1752, James Madison, former President of the United States, was born in King George County. He was born at the Belle Grove Plantation which was also his mother’s childhood home. During the Civil War, in 1861, confederates set up artillery at Mathias Point in order to blockade the Potomac River. Then a steamer, Thomas Freeborn, besieged Mathias Point to try and run the soldiers out who were manning the weapons. The Commander James H. Ward was wounded in the return fire and was the first Union naval officer to die in the war. Centuries have past and now the Belle Grove Plantation is a bed and breakfast and much of this history and more has been preserved for visitors and residents to learn about.
Things to do in King George County include: visiting Belle Grove Plantation Bed & Breakfast, Oak Crest Vineyard and Winery, Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail, Cameron Hills Golf Links, Caledon State Park, Dahlgren (bowling, golf, shopping, concerts, etc.), forests and waterways, Rappahannock River Valley National Refuge and King George Fall Festival. The Belle Grove Plantation Bed & Breakfast resides in the historic plantation that was established in 1670 on the Rappahannock River. This mansion was built in 1791 and provides high-quality Southern hospitality for any and all guests. There are four master suites with private bathrooms and waterfront views, and each suite is named after previous owners of the plantation: The Madison, The Turner, The Conway and The Hipkins-Bernard. All four rooms have professional décor, Tester Queen Beds from the 1800s, claw foot soaking tubs, separate showers, original heart pine floors in the bedrooms, fireplaces and more. The Madison also has an elevator. The Turner has a walk-in closet and a secret from the past. The Conway and Hipkins-Bernard rooms have separate sitting rooms and direct access to the library and business center. Gourmet breakfast is prepared each morning and served in the formal dining room or on the riverside balcony.
Oak Crest Vineyard and Winery is a great place to enjoy wine with friends and family or even to relax on your own. They provide a great selection of Bordeaux-style reds, Rhine-style whites and dessert wines in a serene setting. There’s a deck, a peaceful picnic area and majestic views of King George County. Wine tasting is very affordable at only $5.00 per person. The Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail is a 15.7-mile rail trail that follows the old Dahlgren Branch route. The heritage trail is a wildlife corridor that is open for cycling, jogging, walking and skiing. Boy Scout troops also like to use the trail for camping and hiking explorations. It’s a breath of fresh air and the perfect getaway for people who need to unplug and connect with nature. Speaking of connecting with nature, Caledon State Park is another cool place to seek refuge. Caledon State Park is known for its old growth forest, American bald eagles in the summer, forest trails, picnic spots and more.