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Northampton County, Virginia Real Estate

In 1608, when Capt. John Smith (of Pocahontas fame) landed in soon-to-be Northampton County, his most memorable line was “… Heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for man’s habitation.” And still true today! As the narrowest and most southern finger of the DelMarVa peninsula, Northampton County stretches from the cape to Exmore, about 40 miles. Located literally between the Bay and the sea, Northampton County has long been defined by its coastal traditions, by the Chesapeake and the Atlantic. Crabbing, clamming and oystering are still substantial contributors to the economy, savory ingredients for local restaurants, together with luscious sweet corn, vine ripe tomatoes and tender new potatoes harvested from local working farms. Colorful little towns and tiny villages with names like Birdsnest, Oyster and Red Bank, historical sites like the Debtor’s Prison or the Old Courthouse in Eastville where, dating from 1677, the oldest continuous land records in the United States are stored, natural treasures which have been lovingly preserved, such as the beaches and woodlands of Kiptopeake State Park and the miles of pristine saltmarsh at Eastern Shore Wildlife Refuge, all these are facets of the Shore’s rich heritage still cherished today. But new traditions are developing as well. New restorations of our numerous in-town or country historic homes, many of which are on the National Historic Register and date back into the 1700-1800’s. Creation of new little villages along the shores of the Chesapeake, centered around a love of all things nautical. New little hamlets are nestled into rolling sand dunes or stand boldly on high bluffs overlooking 500 sq. miles of deep blue waters at Mother Nature’s most dramatic address, the corner of Chesapeake and Altantic. A nationally acclaimed new golf resort has been developed, built to high standards of land and water preservation, brilliantly landscaped, and preserving the Eastern Shore feel of open space and woodlands. With the completion of an authentic reproduction of Plantation Light, a Chesapeake Bay lighthouse now long gone, and the introduction of the refurbished Bay Coast Railroad Dining Car where the delights of dinner on the rails can be enjoyed once more, the developers have sought to create new traditions that can mesh harmoniously with the old traditions . Whether you are looking for a charming historic home, a golf condo, a gorgeous waterfront lot or new home in the country, Northampton County is, as Capt. John Smith noted long ago, a very fine place for man’s habitation.


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