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Lancaster County is located on Virginia's Northern Neck, a peninsula nestled between the Potomac and the Rappahannock Rivers and spilling into the Chesapeake Bay. Its first tourist in 1608, Captain John Smith, referred to it "as a place heaven and earth never agreed better to frame man's habitation." George Washington simply called it "the Garden of Virginia". Come visit the many museums and historical sites in the area. The Northern Neck is home to three of America's presidents - George Washington, James Madison, and James Monroe. See Colonial American farm life at the George Washington National Monument Birthplace.
The Northern Neck is also home to Stratford Hall, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee, and Menokin, home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, (signer of the Declaration of Independence).
The Rappahannock River provides more than beauty and weekend retreats for residents and visitors. The river was the life blood for the county's inhabitants. Still a life source for the watermen of the area, the river is also a draw for the many weekend visitors from urban areas surrounding the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Centrally located about an hour's drive from Richmond, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg, this close proximity has made the county a quick get-away from the rigors of city life.