The Beginnings of Tappahannock, VA

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The abuse lawyers of Tappahannock presents to you this article on the history of the town. Discover how it all got started.

All About Tappahannock

Tappahannock is the oldest town and the county seat of Essex County, Virginia. Located on the Rappahannock River at the geographical coordinates of 37.922180 degrees north latitude and 76.863158 degrees west longitude, its name originated from the Algonquian language word lappihanne, or toppehannock, which is translated to as the "Town on the rise and fall of water" and "where the tide ebbs and flows." The town was established as a trading post in 1682 by Jacob Hobbs. Known as "Hobbs Hole," the area was only 50 acres. When the port was developed in Hobbs Hole, it was called "New Plymouth." However, the name was changed back to Tappahannock later on.

During the War of 1812, the town was captured by Captain Robert Barrie's British naval forces on December 2, 1814. They proceeded to burn down the courthouse and two jails before leaving. Today, Tappahannock has a total area of 2.7 square miles. As of the 2010 census, there is a population of 2,375 people residing in the town.

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Tappahannock Historic District

The Tappahannock Historic District encompasses 14 buildings dating from the 1700s through the late-1800s. Notable buildings of the district are:

  • Anderton House
  • Brockenbrough House
  • Customs House
  • Henley House
  • Ritchie House
  • Roane-Wright House
  • Scot's Arms Tavern
  • Five Cents and Dollar Store
  • Beale Memorial Baptist Church which was the Early Essex County Court House
  • St. John's Episcopal Church
  • Old Clerk's Office
  • St. Margaret's Hall
  • Essex County Court House
  • Debtor's Prison

On August 15, 1972, the national historic district was designated on the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR). On April 2, 1973, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).


The town of Tappahannock is part of the Essex County Public Schools System. Families with children in the area are zoned for Tappahannock Elementary School, Essex Intermediate School and Essex High School. There is also the St. Margaret's School – an independent, Episcopal, all-girls private boarding school in the town.

June Parker Marina

June Parker Marina is a small marina in Tappahannock. Situated on North Church Lane, it is on the site of the original port of Tappahannock, the Hobbs His Hole Harbor. The town was built around this harbor to provide efficient tobacco transport from Marsh Street. Thousands of English ballast stones can be found at the bottom of the river there.

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