The Essex Inn Bed & Breakfast

A Greek-Revival style B&B on the Rappahannock River

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River to Bay Artisan Trail (site #65)

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The Essex Inn was built in 1851 by Dr. Lawrence Roane and is an imposing Greek-Revival style structure of white stucco over brick atop a high English basement. The home has twelve original rooms, each with its own fireplace, surrounding large central hallways on each floor. The front & back porches are original, with fluted columns also in the Greek style. Inside, original heart-of-pine hardwood floors can be found throughout the first and second floors. A two-story brick structure behind the main house was built in the 1840’s as servants’ quarters and housed the property’s original kitchen and laundry. The fireplace and hearth in each of these rooms has been preserved, including the old swinging iron bar used to hang pots over the fire.

Once used as Union headquarters during the Civil War, The Essex Inn offers grand accommodations and convenience to all that Tappahannock, the Middle Peninsula and the Northern Neck have to offer. Guests can play a round of golf; go fishing or cruising on the Rappahannock River; canoe up one of the many unspoiled creeks; bicycle in town or along beautiful country roads; visit one of the charming towns nearby such as Urbanna; Glouchester; Kilmarnock or Irvington; enjoy a wine tasting at Ingleside or Belle Mount winery or one of the other ten wineries in the area; go antiquing; or visit one of the many historic areas nearby such as Stratford Hall, Fredericksburg, Yorktown and Williamsburg.


Jeremy or Ric Gassen




203 Duke Street
Tappahannock, VA 22560

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