Kilmarnock Homes For Sale
Tucked away on the eastern edge of Virginia’s Northern Neck in Lancaster County lies Kilmarnock. This quaint small town has much to offer with its bigger city atmosphere and amenities. The sidewalks of Kilmarnock are lined with numerous shops, restaurants, and local lodging to give visitors a starting point to the region’s many recreational activities.
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Although Kilmarnock does not have the same emphasis on maritime tradition as other popular Chesapeake Bay destinations, it provides access to a more urban way of life. Along with the many shops and restaurants located in town, Kilmarnock also boasts a children’s playground, central location to several historical sites, and even a dog park. There are also several wineries on the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail located just a few miles away.
During the summertime, the Kilmarnock Volunteer Fire Department hosts a summer carnival that may be the longest continually operating one of its kind in Virginia. For the past 82 years, the carnival has served as the major funding event for the fire department and has become a treasured local tradition. For nine nights families can enjoy games, amusement rides, food, a raffle giveaway and ride on “Big Eli” the ferris wheel.
As the warmer months give way to fall and winter, life in Kilmarnock remains abuzz with activities. October brings the Northern Neck RiverRide, an annual bicycling event that is held along the shores and back roads of the Rappahannock River. If you find yourself in Kilmarnock during Christmas time, you are sure to enjoy the annual Lighted Christmas Parade. This night parade is sponsored by the Bay Chamber of Commerce and is the only lighted Christmas parade on the Northern Neck.
Originally known as “The Crossroads,” it is widely believed that Kilmarnock was settled at the intersection of several indian paths during the mid-1600s. As the area grew and became more settled through the early 1700s, the crossroads became better known as “Steptoe’s Ordinary,” named after a storehouse and ordinary run by William Steptoe. The first recorded reference of “Kilmarnock, Virginia” can be found in a deed from 1778.