County History
Driving Directions
Board of Supervisors and Electoral Districts


County History

Northumberland County, Virginia, was originally known as Chickacoan, an Indian district on the Northern Neck, lying between the Rappahannock and Potomac rivers, tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. 

In 1648, this  “Mother County of the Northern Neck” was organized and named after County Northumberland, England. The first white settler to make a permanent home in the county was Col. John Mottrom, sometime between 1635-1640.

In 1648 Northumberland County, Virginia, was officially formed by an act passed by the Burgesses in Jamestown, Virginia. It was later divided into three additional counties: Lancaster, Richmond and Westmoreland. Northumberland County has an area of approximately 222 square miles and a population of 12,400 people.

For hundreds of years, Northumberland remained a county largely isolated from the rest of the state due to the lack of a road network. But in 1926, with the bridge crossing from Essex County to the Northern Neck, with access to the west, growth began in the area.



Driving Directions

From Richmond, VA to Heathsville, VA
Take US-360 East to Tappahannock.  Turn right on US-360 East in Tappahannock towards Heathsville. Approximately 81.4 miles & 1hr. 20 minutes.

From Fredericksburg, VA to Heathsville, VA
Take US-17 South from Fredericksburg to Tappahannock.  Turn left on US-360 East in Tappahannock towards Heathsville.

From Norfolk, VA to Heathsville, VA
From I-64 take US-17 North/ J. Clyde Morris Boulevard (exit number 258 B).  Follow US-17 North to Tappahannock. Turn right on US-360 East in Tappahannock towards Heathsville.

Board of Supervisors & Electoral Districts

Northumberland County has five electoral districts (map). Our current supervisors are:

Ronald L. Jett, Chairman
District 5, Reedville VA 22539

Richard F. Haynie, Vice Chairman
District 2, Callao VA 22435

A. Joseph Self, Jr.
District 1, Callao VA 22435

James M. Long
District 3, Wicomico Church VA 22579

Thomas H. Tomlin
District 4, Wicomico Church VA 22579

All Board of Supervisors meetings are held every 2nd Thursday of each month, beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the New Courts Building in Heathsville. All Public Hearings are held at 7:00 p.m., on the same day, at the same location.

All comments to the Board of Supervisors should be received by the County Administrator's Office.

Board of Supervisors
P.O. Box 129
Heathsville VA 22473

Phone: (804) 580-7666
Fax: (804) 580-7053


U.S. Census
Comprehensive data about the Northern Neck here.


Heathsville, Virginia, U.S.A.

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