Irvington is about an hour and a half drive from either Richmond or Williamsburg, Virginia. The town is located on Virginia’s Northern Neck and sits on the shores of Carter’s Creek, a tributary to the Rappahannock River.
Irvington once thrived as a steamboat town during the 1890s and early 1900s, when steamboats brought goods and travelers to the town. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed much of the town in 1917, and the end of the steamboat era left Irvington a shadow of its former self.
However, as is the case with many Chesapeake Bay waterfront towns, Irvington has experienced a comeback. The Tides Inn and Resort was opened in 1947, bringing many visitors to the town. The town has continued to steadily rebuilt itself and now features a variety of lodging, shops, restaurants, and other attractions. With first-class lodging, historic sites, a winery, and a farmers market to visit, there’s plenty to keep a visitor occupied.
The Historic Christ Church is located at 420 Christ Church Road in Irvington. The church was built in the 1730s and financed by the wealthy Northern Neck native, Robert “King” Carter. Christ Church has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. The church features vaulted ceilings, three foot thick walls, original high backed pews, and a triple decker pulpit. The Carter Reception Center houses a museum telling the history of the church and it’s patron, Robert Carter. The Reception Center serves as a welcome center for visitors to the church and docents can be found there for guided tours. The church is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve and Day. The museum is open April – September, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m..
The Steamboat Era Museum, located at 156 King Carter Drive, celebrates the history of the steamboats, steamboat landings, and commerce along the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. The museum is open Thursday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m..
The Irvington Farmer’s Market is held on the first Saturday of each month, from 8:00 a.m. to noon, April through December. The Farmer’s Market is located on the Irvington Commons green, behind the bank on King Carter Drive.
The Tides Inn and Marina is a nationally recognized resort with waterfront lodging, first class service and amenities such as the Golden Eagle Golf Club, marina, spa, two restaurants, and cruises on an historic yacht. Conde Nast Traveler Magazine recently featured an article about the Tides Inn. Reservations.
Irvington has three golf courses, The Tartan Club, The King Carter Golf Course, and The Tides Inn’s Golden Eagle Golf.
The Tartan Club was originally designed by Sir Guy Campbell of St. Andrews, Scotland in 1959. Although the course has been managed over the years, Campbell’s design is still evident in the beauty of the course, which takes advantage of naturally rolling, wooded terrain.
The King Carter Golf Club is a newer golf course, constructed in 2005. In 2006 King Carter was named by Golf Digest Magazine as the best new affordable public course in America.
The Golden Eagle at the Tides Inn offers tee times to the general public as well as guests at the Tides Inn Resort. The course plays around, and over, a 50 acre lake. The course is heavily bunkered with water in play on six holes.
The Tides Inn - The famous waterfront resort with amenities such as spa treatments, two restaurants, cruises on an historic yacht, an on-site sailing school, a nine hole Par-3 golf course, and the Golden Eagle golf course. Reservations
The Tides Inn Chesapeake Bay Marina, new in 2011, offers boaters access to all of the Tides Inn amenities.
Hope and Glory Inn - A top-rated inn located in an historic schoolhouse. Six schoolhouse rooms and six garden cottages. The Hope and Glory Inn also operates the Dog and Oyster Vineyard, just a short walk from the inn. Inn Website.
Irvington Hotels, B&Bs and Restaurants - All your options, traveler rated and reviewed.
Rappahannock Yachts. Full Service boatyard for Sail and Power in Irvington for over 36 years! Westerbeke, Universal, Yanmar, Volvo, Mercruiser; AWLGRIP, IMRON, fiberglass, gelcoat and blister repair, brightwork, all ship’s systems, electronics, rigging, carpentry. Full Classic Yacht restoration. Hi-tech methods – Old World Craftsmanship. Located on Carters Creek, in Irvington, VA.