This area is the northern part of 3 peninsulas, traditionally called "necks" in Virginia, and runs along the Chesapeake Bay on its western shore. The Potomac River is northern border of this area while the Rappanhannock River runs along the south of the peninsula. Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland Counties make up the Northern Neck. For more information, click wikipedia and check out the map.
The Northern Neck of Virginia is also historical. Robert E. Lee's boyhood home, Stratford Hall, (click here for info,) and George Washington's birthplace, Pope's Creek, (click here for info,) are in the area, not to mention several other historical sites and markers and churches that are a few hundred years old. Fortunately, this area preserves its history. Older buildings are well kept and functional; if they are not being used for their original purpose, they are often turned into museums, restaurants, or other businesses.
A Few Sites...
A Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Montross, VA
Views of a Shore Line
An Old Theater in Mathews, VA