Town of Urbanna

A Colonial Port Town

Monday -Friday 8:00a.m.- 4:30p.m.

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About Town of Urbanna:

Historic Urbanna, Virginia is located in Middlesex County on Urbanna Creek, a tributary of the Rappahannock River. The town was one of twenty port towns established in 1680 by an act of the General Assembly and was named Urbanna, city of Anne, in 1704.

Urbanna’s location as a port on the Rappahannock River, close to the Chesapeake Bay, made it an easy target for pirates in the town’s early years. During the Revolutionary War, Urbanna was pillaged along with several local plantations by British privateers. The Town was also a victim of attacks during the War of 1812 and the U.S. Civil War.

Until 1930, Urbanna was a port of call for commercial vessels and steamboats which remains today as a protected harbor providing anchorage and dockage for recreational boating.

The Town on Urbanna has multiple historic buildings and a cemetery listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.

The Urbanna Visitor’s Center and Museum, built in 1766, is one of the oldest surviving mercantile structures in America associated with the sale of tobacco. During the 18th century, tobacco growers brought their crop to the store where they could trade it for finished goods from Europe. The 1755 John Mitchell Map is one of the highlights on exhibit in the museum. A one of the earliest maps drawn of the 13 Colonies of America, it was used to negotiate the treaties between Britain and the United States that ended the Revolutionary War. Early colonial towns, Indian territories and detailed topography, bring to life the earliest descriptions of what would become the United States. The “Oyster is King” exhibits showcase the role oysters have played in Urbanna’s past and present.

Urbanna is rich in history, warmth and charm.


Holly Gailey




45 Cross Street
Urbanna, VA 23175


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