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Encyclopedia > Northern Neck

The Northern Neck is the northernmost of three peninsulas on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, USA. This peninsula is bounded by the Potomac River on the north and the Rappahannock River on the south. It encompasses the following Virginia counties: Image File history File links Map_of_Virginia_highlighting_Northern_Neck. ... Peninsula A peninsula is a geographical formation consisting of an extension of land from a larger body, surrounded by water on three sides. ... Chesapeake Bay - Landsat photo The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. ... State nickname: Old Dominion Other U.S. States Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Governor Mark R. Warner (D) Senators John Warner (R) George Allen (R) Official languages English Area 110,862 km² (35th)  - Land 102,642 km²  - Water 8,220 km² (7. ... The Potomac River at Great Falls, MD from Olmstead Island, water relatively low The Potomac River flows into Chesapeake Bay, located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (USA). ... For the river in New Zealand, see Rappahannock River, New Zealand The Rappahannock River is a river in eastern Virginia in the United States, approximately 184 mi (294 km). ...

Many important historical figures were born on the Northern Neck, including US presidents George Washington and James Monroe, as well as the Civil War general Robert E. Lee. Lancaster County is a county located on the Northern Neck in the state of Virginia. ... Northumberland County is a county located on the Northern Neck in the state of Virginia. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1692 Seat Warsaw Area  - Total  - Water 560 km² (216 mi²) 65 km² (25 mi²) 11. ... Westmoreland County is a county located in the Northern Neck of the state of Virginia. ... George Washington (February 22, 1732–December 14, 1799) was an American planter, political figure, and military leader. ... James Monroe (April 28, 1758 – July 4, 1831) was the fifth (1817–1825) President of the United States. ... The American Civil War (1861 - 1865) was fought in North America within the United States of America – twenty-three mostly northern states of the Union – and the Confederate States of America, a coalition of eleven southern states that declared their independence and claimed the right of secession from the Union... Robert Edward Lee, as a U.S. Army Colonel before the war Robert Edward Lee (January 19, 1807 – October 12, 1870) was a career army officer and the most successful general of the Confederate forces during the American Civil War. ...



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Northern Neck (619 words)
Before the first English settlement in the 1600's, the Northern Neck was the land between the "River of Swans" to the north and the "Quick-Rising Water" to the South, two loosely translated Indian terms for the Potomac River and the Rappahannock River.
It is the only part that is still referred to as the Northern Neck and most of it is shown in the modern-day roadmap at the right.
Since the Northern Neck was defined as the land that lies between the Potomac and Rappahannock, but the Rappahannock does not flow west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a southwestern boundary had to be defined.
About the Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants/Northern Neck Grant and Surveys (1960 words)
Until 1862 land grants in the Northern Neck issued by the commonwealth of Virginia were recorded in volumes maintained separately from the regular Land Office grants.
This collection consists of recorded copies of grants issued for land in the Northern Neck from 1692 to 1862 when the territory encompassing the present state of West Virginia withdrew from the Commonwealth to enter the Union.
Following the recitation of the ownership of the Northern Neck are the name of the grantee, the description of the land, any reservations for the proprietor, and the date on which the grant was signed.
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