Called the "Athens of America" during the early 18th century, the Northern Neck boasts great plantations and is the birthplace of three presidents - George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe, and also General Robert E. Lee. Westmoreland, a county located within the Northern Neck, was established in 1653 by the Colonial Government at Jamestown. More leaders were born here than in any other county in our nation.
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
Rt. 204, southeast of Oak Grove
The Commander of the Continental Army and first President of the United States was born at this site on February 22, 1732.
Birthplace of James Monroe
Rt. 205 between Oak Grove and Colonial Beach
James Monroe, the nation's fifth president was born in 1758 on this farm near Monroe Bay. He was a member of the Continental Congress, a U.S. Senator, Minister to France, Minister to England, Governor of Virginia, Secretary of State and President of the United States from 1817-1825.
Strafford Hall Plantation
Off Rt. 3 northeast of Montross on Rt. 214
Stratford Hall Plantation was home to several generations of famous Lees. It was the boyhood home of Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, signers of the Declaration of Independence. General Robert E. Lee was born in 1807 at Stratford Hall. When the Civil War broke out, Lee was a colonel in the U.S. Army. Refusing to "take part in an invasion" of his homeland, he left the Union Army. He later led the Confederate forces against the Union armies.
Leedstown Road, Oak Grove
Ingleside Plantation has three residences listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ingleside is a Classical Revival structure built in 1834. Wirtland (c. 1850) stands as an excellent example of Gothic Revival. Roxbury (c. 1861) is a mid-Victorian design made popular by Calvert Vaux and rarely found in the South. Today, this 3000 acre estate serves as the home of Ingleside Plantation Vineyards and Ingleside Plantation Nurseries.