Located on the tip of the Northern Neck, Reedville is a fisherman’s paradise. Named after Captain Elijah W. Reed (1827-1888), the town is steeped in the history of the menhaden fishing industry. Reed opened the first menhaden processing plant in Reedville. Today, Omega Protein, the nation’s largest producer of Omega-3 fish oil, continues to operate one of the country’s major ports for commercial fishing there.

A row of turn-of-the-century Victorian homes line Main Street, a reminder of the wealth produced by the fishing industry. The Reedville Fishermen’s Museum in the town’s historic district captures the rich history of the area’s watermen.

If you’re looking for some fishing activities to call your own, Reedville has a lot to offer. The annual Reedville Fishing Derby, formally known as the Bluefish Derby, takes place each June and offers cash prizes for the largest catch. Charter a fishing boat with a knowledgeable crew to increase your chances of catching the big one! Or, launch your boat and enjoy a day cruising Cockrell’s Creek and the Chesapeake Bay.


Cruise to Tangier Island on the Chesapeake Breeze, which provides daily trips for a nominal fee. Or board the Spirit of the Chesapeake to Smith Island, which also offers daily trips. Take advantage of these attractions around the Fourth of July and you’ll also get to see the local parade and a large fireworks display.  (From the Official Guide of Virginia’s Northern Neck).

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