One of the best things to do is to Visit Kilmarnock Antique Gallery www.virginia-antiques.com as it's 22,000 sq ft and one block off of Main Street across from the school on School Street. It has been voted number one by Pleasant Living Magazine and has been written up in many publications all over the East Coast. If you collect Oyster Plates or want to see a grand display of furniture, sterling, Persian Rugs, Grandfather Clocks or a host of other fine items, Kilmarnock Antique gallery is a MUST!!!
I had hoped to eat in Kilmarnock or Tappahannock, but we got a later start than I had wanted, and had eaten earlier. There was an article in "The Cavalier Daily" about small town life which said, "Also worth a try is Lee's Restaurant in Kilmarnock, where the Oyster Stew is to die for. There are other great sites to visit.."
Menu from their webpage:
From the grill :
Delmonica steak, heart of the rib 8 ounce = $10.75
12 ounce = $12.95
Choice chopped beef ground fresh daily smothered in onions and gravy 6.25
Tender beef liver smothered in onions and gravy 6.25
Two grilled pork shops 6.95
Favorite Dish: From the sea
(All seafood breaded fresh in crackermeal when ordered) .................................................................................
Two home style crab cakes fried or broiled served with home style tartar sauce 8.95
Fried or broiled shrimp 9.25
Fried or broiled seafood platter with trout, shrimp, scallops & crab cake 10.95
Fried or broiled scallops served with home style tartar sauce 9.75
Fried or broiled sea trout served with home style tartar sauce 7.25
Fresh fried oysters served with home style tartar sauce 9.55
Fried stuffed shrimp with crab meat served with tartar sauce 9.75
All meals are serrved with choice of two vegetables and home style rolls made fresh daily $1.00 plate sharing charge on all meals
Top round of beef carved to order served with two vegetables 6.25
Country fried chicken cooked to order served with two vegetables 6.20
Chicken tenders seved with two vegetables 5.95
Chicken fried steak with brown gravy served with two vegetables 6.25
Spaghetti with home style meat sauce served with tossed salad and garlic bread 6.25
Veal parmigina with home style meat sauce served with tossed salad and garlic bread 7.25
Chicken parmigina with home style meat sauce served with tossed salad and garlic bread 6.95
Hamburger deluxe with lettuce & tomato served with french fried without cheese = $3.50
with cheese = $3.75
Shrimp steak on a bun served with french fries and cole slaw 4.60
Home style crab cake on a bun served with french fries and cole slaw 5.25
Barbecue on a bun served with french fries and cole slaw 3.95
Fried oysters on a bun served with french fries and cole slaw 5.25
Hot roast beef sandwich served with mashed potatoes and gravy 4.75
This restaurant used to offer lifts to and from the marina. (It is way too far to walk.) One time the marina owner was going to an Elks meeting or Chamber of Commerce meeting or something like that, so he took us. The restaurant is nicely decorated with table clothes etc, and has wonderful food.
When we went in the spring of 2001, this place was called the Chesapeake Cafe, but in the fall of 2001 Jimmies Cafe from Urbanna had taken it over. When we went in the spring of 2004 it was out of business
Favorite Dish: The first night I had the pork chop special - and the pork chop was almost 3" thick.
Other times we have had crab cakes, fried oysters, shrimp and swordfish which were also good.
The first night the bill was $44.32 for the two of us, and the second night it was $49.73. In addition, we did tip the driver who came to get us and took us back to the marina.
Chesapeake Boat Basin used to take people to a local restaurant, but they no longer do that. They gave us the names of two restaurants (Pipper's Pub and Pizza Hut) who were supposed to do delivery, but when I called them, they said they would not deliver. Since we were only one day from home, we didn't have much on board to eat, so one of the guys who was working at the marina said if I wanted to order by phone, he'd take us into town so we could pick up something to eat.
Favorite Dish: I got a meatball sub and lasagna so that Bob could have his choice, and he picked the lasagna. I thought he would want the meatball sub.
There are several antique stores in Kilmarnock. I have not shopped at either of these
Kilmarnock Antique Gallery: 144 School St, Kilmarnock, VA. Specializing in Oyster plates, silver, furniture and Glassware. One of the largest in the area. Be sure to stop here on your way to Gloucester.
Main Street Antique Mall: 15 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, VA. Oyster plates and fine furniture. A premier antique mall with the finest civil war collections in the area .
What to buy: The picture shows the sign for the Antique Gallery which is apparently down the side street. I've given the URL and phone numbers for that because the Antique Mall site is under construction.
This is about the only thing to visit IN Kilmarnock as far as I can tell. I've put it in "Off the Beaten Path" because unless you are in Kilmarnock for something else, it is off the beaten path. I would like to see their film of the 1952 fire which almost burned down the town.
We were in Kilmarnock at the start of our trip. Lucette and Max rode bikes into town (they said it was uphill all the way). I thought they might enjoy going to this museum, since I did not know at this time that they were not museum people. I never got a chance to go.
"Exhibits of photographs and artifacts recall the early days of the bustling town of Kilmarnock, first known as Steptoe’s Ordinary when it was settled in 1719. Open Thursday -Saturday 10 am to 4 pm." Unfortunately when we went by the museum the Friday after Thanksgiving, they were closed, so I still haven't been.
As we left Kilmarnock, I thought I saw what might be a golf course on the shore of the creek. And when I looked it up, I found that there actually IS a private golf course on the shores of Indian Creek.
The golfing website (below) says:
This flat course is located alongside the Chesapeake Bay, which comes into play on five holes. The small greens are hard to read, and the fairways are narrow.
Par Yardage Course Rating Slope
White 70 5682 67.3 119
Gold 70 5039 63.7 107
Red 70 4882 67.4 104
Green fees - $20 - 49
18 holes Built in 1955 Greens: Bent Grass Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Dress code: No denim, collared shirt required
Season: Open all year Guest Policy: Closed
We've been here twice, and enjoyed it the first two times. The bathrooms/showers are sparkling clean and newly decorated. There is a lounge with cable TV and a marine store. The marina also does outboard work and has a boat ramp.
The town (2 traffic lights) is about a mile and a half down the road if you want to walk.
They also have bikes which you can use, although it is all uphill to town. We got a ride into town to for dinner.
Unfortunately the last time we were there, we found that the internet connection in the lounge was gone, and they would no longer take you into town for dinner. Even the nicest bathroom doesn't make up for those deficiencies.
Equipment: Only a short run to the Chesapeake/ICW. From the Chesapeake to the creek entrance - 1.7 nm and from the creek entrance to the marina - 2.8 nm. Approach depth 12 feet at low tide.
Since we were there, there has been added a 1600sqft Ship's Store, New Gas and Diesel fueling systems and a dinghy dock. (There is a protected anchorage near this marina.)
BOAT/U.S. Cooperating Marina. With the BoatUS discount our slip fee was $1/ft and the electricity was $4.00
Summer/Fall Hours 7 Days a Week 8:00am-5:00pm
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According to the Kilmarnock town website http://www.northernneck.com/kilmarnock/ :
"Kilmarnock is the commercial trade center of Virginia's Northern Neck"
The population is less than 1,300 people. It is a small town. There are only two traffic lights. It is named after town in Scotland.
Well-known (!!) residents have included Henrietta Hall, first American woman to go to China as a missionary
Nearby parks and recreation: Belle Isle State Park, Bush Mill Stream Natural Area Preserve, Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve
Fondest memory: There is a museum in Kilmarnock.
Unfortunately the only time I've been has been in a car being driving by a non-family member, and it was too dark to take photos out the car window. But my fondest memories are of eating there.