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Located in Westmoreland County, Virginia, Kinsale is rich in history. In 1706, this deepwater port must have reminded a now forgotten Irish immigrant of home when the site was first christened Ceann saile, meaning "head of salt water." For a century, the main business in Kinsale was smuggling untaxed tobacco. By 1812, Kinsale had gained enough importance to be defended by U.S. naval forces and was later sacked by British marines.

Steamboats began using the wharf at Kinsale in the 1850s and service continued until 1932, resulting in a burst of activity that is responsible for the current street layout and the Victorian homes that you see today.

Visit Kinsale Museum which is full of nautical artifacts and memorabilia connected with Kinsale's nineteenth and early twentieth century heyday as a busy steamboat port and market town. From here you can retrace the history of Kinsale, the oldest seaport on the Virginia side of the Potomac River. The museum is also the starting point for a self-guided Kinsale village walking tour. You can also visit The General's Vineyard.

Also, be sure to visit the Skipjack, "Virginia W.". Built in 1904, the "Virginia W." is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This wooden Chesapeake Bay workboat is a rare example of a Virginia-built skipjack. She is on display at Port Kinsale Marina and Resort.

 

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Kinsale Village Walking Tour

Historical Sites of Interest in Westmoreland County

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